Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices of our nation’s military personnel both past and present. As a wave of new veterans emerge from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s important to remember that there are military veterans of all ages – many of whom are in their golden years and in need of support as they strive to live independently in their senior years.
While many senior veterans and their spouses want to live independently at home, but need an extra helping hand, some aren’t sure of how to pay for the assistance. According to the Senior Veteran’s Service Alliance, approximately 1 out of 4 seniors may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit for veterans and their surviving spouses, yet only 5% of seniors in the U.S. are currently using the benefit.
In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit as part of Veteran’s pension benefits, seniors must meet a series of qualifications including an income limit, military service term, need and/or disability. However, if approved, the funds can help pay towards in-home care or care at an assisted living facility. For more information on the Aid and Attendance benefit, seniors can visit the Senior Veteran’s Service Alliance website. (http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/aid_and_attendance_pension_benefit.htm)
How Home Care Managed with a Home Care System Can Benefit Veterans
Military veterans are often fiercely independent people, and with in-home assistance, many senior veterans are afforded the ability to age in place. Home care provided with the help of a home care software or home care system can help ensure even further that senior veterans receive the care they need and want at home.
For example, with a home care software or home care system such as ClearCare, intake coordinators can make detailed notes on a senior’s care needs directly into their home care system with web based capabilities via a laptop or tablet. This means that all of the important notes on an individual – from their daily routines to military background – can be logged and entered into ClearCare’s home care software in one step.
This information is then available to caregivers when they log into the home care system to check their schedules, ensuring that they know not only the client’s care needs, but also relevant personal information that can help form and strengthen caregiver-client connection.
Agencies can also track client referrals from Veteran’s agencies and organizations within a home care software, such as ClearCare, allowing the ability to market to and specialize in Veteran’s care – a niche market that may help grow an agency’s client base when properly managed and marketed with the help of a home care system.
As we take the time to reflect on the history of our nation’s freedom, let’s not forget the our senior veterans who can use a helping hand in their golden years.