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How Can You Be More Proactive When Dad’s Struggling at Home?

Care for Aging Veterans in Katy TX

Care for Aging VeteransYour father is a veteran of the United States Navy. He served during the Vietnam war and throughout most of your life you always viewed him as being a strong, independent man. He took care of his friends and family. He was a fierce defender of both.

As he’s gotten older, you began noticing a change in him. He has a difficult time asking for help and you see him struggling with some things. You try to offer assistance, but he says he’s fine, he can do it himself. You step back and watch him continue struggling, and you wish there was something you could do.

You know home care would be a great support system for him.

You would love to talk more about home care with him, but the minute you bring the topic up, he dismisses it outright. “I couldn’t possibly afford a home care aide,” he says.

You know he’s on a fixed income and doesn’t have any extra disposable money. You don’t have the ability to help him, either. So how can you be proactive and help him feel more comfortable, confident, and safer within the comfort of his home?

Learn about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

The VA offers a couple of pensions for veterans of all ages who require some type of support and assistance at home. One of them is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

This pension was started following World War I but has expanded through the years to include financial assistance to veterans of all ages. There are specific requirements that need to be met, including a minimum of one day of their active duty service that needs to have fallen during a time of active combat. This can include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. For those veterans who served during the Gulf War, they need to have served two years active duty during this conflict in order to qualify.

Your father’s time of service was more than the minimum 90 days and since he served during the Vietnam War, he might qualify for this pension that could help him pay for home care support. It’s important to remember that in order to qualify for this particular pension, a veteran needs to be able to prove home care is needed at this point in their life to assist with basic living tasks.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Katy, TX or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston at (832) 803-0011.

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Mark Haselden

Hayley Sheeks and her father, Mark Haselden live passionately, for providing quality homecare services to individuals in their homes. They both decided to open Synergy HomeCare of Katy after both Mark sold his most recent business and Hayley graduated with her nursing degree, both knowing the growing need for individuals to age in place as the baby boomer population reaches retirement age. Synergy HomeCare’s mission statement speaks to those core values that both inspire and encompass Hayley and Mark’s vision as Non-Medical HomeCare providers.
"Our mission is to continue to be the premier provider of home care services within the industry by continuallystriving to offer our clients the highest quality of life and independence attainable.Our success starts bytreating each of our clients and caregivers with the dignity and respect they deserve."