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Three Ways to Help an Aging Veteran Who Needs Care at Home

Care for Aging Veterans in Katy TX

There are plenty of ways to help people in need. When a veteran is having difficulty maintaining their own basic care at home, what can family members or friends do?

Care for Aging Veterans in Katy TXThat’s a key question a lot of family members have. They know their loved one needs assistance. They see it every time they visit. However, they may not have the time, they may not live close enough, and they may not have the experience that can be beneficial.

Here are three ways any family member or friend can actually help veterans who need some type of care at home.

Offer assistance, if available.

This doesn’t mean a family member or friend should become a primary caregiver. If they have any time during the week to offer help doing certain things, that may be beneficial. For example, the veteran might need to go to the supermarket to buy food but doesn’t drive.

Offering that type of help to give them a ride can be extremely beneficial. In some cases, taking out the garbage can be an overwhelming challenge for an injured or disabled veteran. A neighbor offering to do this for them can provide great relief.

Encourage home care support.

Family members and friends should learn as much as possible about home care support. The more people learn about hiring an aide, especially through an agency, the more effective they can be at convincing this senior or disabled veteran to consider relying on these support services.

There are so many benefits to calling on the services of a home care aide as opposed to relying on family and friends, but what if the veteran is on a limited income and doesn’t believe he or she could even consider paying for one?

Share info about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is specifically designed to provide financial support to qualifying veterans to pay for home care services. It started following World War I as a way to provide assistance to injured and disabled soldiers returning from battle. Through the years it expanded and now provides financial support to qualifying veterans who may or may not have been injured or disabled during their time of service.

Qualifying veterans need to be able to show that home care support is absolutely needed at this point in their life, they need to have served at least one day of active duty service in a time of official combat, which can include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If they served during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty. If their service was during one of these other combat periods, their minimum time of service needs to be 90 days.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Katy, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.

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Sid Gerber

Sid Gerber is a founding partner of S. Gerber & Associates, a firm representing over 22 years of experience specializing in a broad range of long term care products and services including but not limited to care assessment, planning and management, care co-ordination, in-home caregiving services, quality assurance monitoring, and the securing of financial independence and asset protection utilizing insurance products from major carriers to pay for long-term care. Mr. Gerber helps family members make difficult long-term care decisions and provides them with the necessary education and resources to plan and manage their long-term health care and financial needs.

In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).

During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.

He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.

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