Home Health Care and Veterans: Helpful Advice on Benefits

November 11th, 2014

Today is Veteran’s Day, a National Holiday set out to honor those special people in our lives that have dedicated themselves to protecting our country, and our freedoms. And some times, these duties they perform, or have performed, while protecting our country lead them to require additional care when they get home. But knowing where to look for help may not always be as easy as we wish it to be.

The good news is, though, that there are a number of programs out there for veterans requiring home health care and respite services. Below are some helpful tips for getting started in your search.

Of course, VA.gov, the national website dedicated to veteran’s assistance, is a great place to start, and they even have a helpful guide to determining qualifications and how to receive home health and respite care. And, according to Va.gov, assistance in care may extend a lot further than you might think.

Veterans may qualify for personal home care assistance, including:

  • Eating
  • Getting dressed
  • Bathing
  • Using the bathroom
  • Moving from one place to another
  • Shopping for food
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Doing laundry
  • Paying bills or managing money
  • Taking medication
  • Getting to appointments
  • Using the telephone

Source: VA.gov

Also, many veterans, and family caregivers, may be surprised to learn as well that there exist a number of options for reimbursement for home health care assistance, and that home health care assistance, for those who qualify, is included in their VHA Standard Medical Benefits package as well.

Of course, if you require more long term care, VA.gov has a website for that as well, so take the time to look it over, and talk to your VA Social Worker about your options for care; you may have more than you think.

What this all means is that veterans deserve to get the help they need when they get home, and that it’s important for them, or a friend or loved one, to get in contact with those who can help them navigate the waters of finding coverage and get the benefits they’re entitled to.

Finally, on behalf of everyone here at Alliance Home Health Care: Thank you for your service.

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Celebrating National Family Caregivers Month

November 4th, 2014

By order of Presidential Proclamation, November has been set aside as National Family Caregivers Month. A time to celebrate and honor families of loved ones who donate their time, care, and love to help others live happier, healthier, and more comfortable lives.

In the United States alone, there are an estimated 60 million of you selfless individuals out there, and we at Alliance Home Health Care are blessed to work in coordinate care with many of you in order to provide your family with the best home health care possible. After all, here at Alliance, we believe the best home care possible is done through a total team effort. That means home health care workers, family caregivers, doctors, and friends working together to provide the best care we can.

And, if you want to help out a friend, loved one, or neighbor who is a family caregiver during this month, here are a couple helpful ideas from the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA).

1.) Offer a few hours of your time

It’s no secret that family caregivers, who, in trying to balance their own lives and helping those of others, are often pressed for time. Show them you appreciate their sacrifices by offering a few hours of your time in respite this month.

2.) Take the time to do something meaningful for them

We all need a little recognition from time to time, and family caregivers are no different. Take a little time out of your day to write a family caregiver a nice email, letter, or even make a phone call and tell them you appreciate everything they do.

3.) Be a Thanksgiving hero

Thanksgiving is a stressful holiday, family caregiver or not. Step up this holiday season and take over some of the duties that the family caregiver in your life usually does during Thanksgiving. After all, the season is about giving and showing thanks.

Finally, to all the family caregivers, home health care workers, and those setting aside their precious time to help others: thank you for all that you do.

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