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The Best Way You Can Help an Aging Veteran Friend

Care for Aging Veterans in Houston TX

Care for Aging VeteransOne of your best friends is having a tough time as he gets older. You both served in the United States Navy, but that was many, many years ago. You may have served during the Vietnam War, but neither of you saw combat up close and personal.

You’ve noticed your friend having a difficult time getting around. You worry that one day he’s going to slip and fall and be injured. He lives alone, doesn’t have any family in the area, and you two are about all that’s left of your circle of friends.

You know there are certain support systems in place to help veterans as they get older and begin dealing with various challenges, but you’re not quite sure if your friend knows it as well.

Sharing information is critical.

The problem here is that you’re not quite sure whether or not the information you have or know about is accurate. You don’t know where to turn to find the right information. You’ve been able to manage your own care for the most part, but in your 80s you recognize that time could be running out for you as well.

You simply don’t have the strength or ability to help your friend any longer, especially since he’s becoming more dependent on those around him for even the most basic tasks, including bathing, getting out of bed some mornings, and making food.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit might be just the ticket your friend needs to help him pay for home care support. Both of you are on a limited income, you’re both renting a home, don’t own one, so you don’t have many assets. You might just qualify for this particular pension based on your income and asset levels.

In order to be considered for the Aid and Attendance pension, you need to be able to show a specific need for home care support. You can’t do that, but your friend just might be able to. After all, his doctor recently recommended he get some type of help throughout the day.

Your time service is certainly qualifying for this particular pension. You served a minimum of 90 days active duty and at least one of your days of service was during a time of active combat. The Vietnam War was certainly a time of combat.

Sit down and talk to him about this pension. If he’s not aware of it, this could be just the thing he needs to get home care support started.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Houston, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

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Donna Wrabel

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week