As people get older, they may face challenges with their physical capabilities. For an elderly veteran, having a pet can be a wonderful support system at home. Pets can offer seniors great companionship, but what happens when that aging veteran can no longer take care of himself, much less a pet?
Home care may be necessary.
A home care aide can certainly be hired for a lot of things, including companionship, but a pet sitter would be a better option for those who only need assistance taking care of a small animal. A home care aide might be willing to offer assistance for the senior to take care of this animal, but their primary job is to look after the elderly person, veteran or otherwise.
What if the veteran can’t afford home care?
Some veterans may be on a limited income. They might only be receiving some Social Security or a pension through the VA. If that’s the case, it might barely be enough to cover their basic medications, rent or mortgage, taxes, or other basic living expenses.
When that happens, many veterans never even look into the prospect of hiring a home care aide, simply because they don’t think they could afford it.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit could help.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension made available through the VA that provides financial assistance to qualifying veterans who need home care support services. While the VA is not going to accept a reason of needing help taking care of a pet to qualify somebody, if the veteran can prove home care is necessary for their own basic care, this could be an option to consider moving forward.
What to do in the meantime?
In the meantime, while an application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit might be pending, the veteran can contact an agency in the area that provides home care services and find out about availability. They may be able to start working with somebody with the intent of the pension providing reimbursement for services already provided from the time of the application to the approval.
If any veteran simply cannot properly care for an animal, they may need to find a better home for it. If they find a home care aide, get the right financial support to pay for it, and he or she is willing to provide some assistance in caring for this animal, that’s great. If not, they may need to think about other options.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Jensen Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620.
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