Not every person is the same and their motivations for doing things may differ from friends, family, and others they’ve read about. Many people who joined the United States military did so out of a desire to serve others. Some may do it to earn tuition for college, to learn new skills, or to be part of something bigger than themselves.
No matter the motivation for joining the military, veterans can learn a great deal about service provided to and from others. This can be a great way to help elderly or disabled veterans see the value in home care support.
It’s not as easy to accept help.
It doesn’t matter whether a person served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or even the Coast Guard. Just because they served their country doesn’t mean they are immune to the need for assistance at some point in their life. There are an estimated 22 million veterans living in the United States right now (US News). Approximately 1 million or more may be having difficulty with their own care and support at home, and a large percentage of these men and women are not seeking help beyond what their immediate family and a few close friends can provide.
There could be any number of reasons for this.
Some people are fiercely independent. They see asking for help as a sign of weakness, and somebody who served in the military may not feel weakness is a thing people should see. Others may have difficulty asking for help because they feel guilty.
No matter what the motivation is for some veterans to try and do things on their own, there is a solution that can help. It’s called home care support.
A home care aide can assist people from all walks of life and of all ages and physical capabilities with a wide range of tasks. They can assist a person getting out of bed, preparing meals, getting to a doctor’s appointment, and even providing companionship. For veterans who can’t afford a home care aide on their own, there may be a pension that can help.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is available for veterans of all ages.
If a veteran can prove home care is necessary for their daily life and function, if they are considered a wartime veteran, and if their income and assets are limited, they may qualify for this pension. It can provide up to $2,000 per month to be used for home care support, for themselves, for their dependents, or widows of qualifying veterans.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Marco Island, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.