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How Can Family Help an Aging Veteran When They Can’t Afford Home Care Support?

John’s daughter, who is 54, had been trying to help them for quite some time. As a veteran of the Korean War, John had served his country with pride and dignity, and though he had seen combat, he never really talked much about it with anyone back in the states. At 86, he was widowed and living alone and having some difficulty.

Care for Aging Veterans in Naples FL: Affording Home Care

Care for Aging Veterans in Naples FL: Affording Home Care

His daughter knew that home care would be a great asset, but this veteran could not afford it.

For a long time his daughter would stop by and check in on him every couple of days. She didn’t live that close, and the drive in rush-hour traffic was extremely difficult. She had no idea about his finances because he was the type of old-fashioned individual who felt it more responsible to keep things personal when they were about finances.

After some time, and some lengthy discussions about home care support services, his daughter finally asked why he was so resistant to the idea. After some careful discussion, he finally admitted that he barely had enough money from his pension and Social Security payments to cover his basic living expenses.

He told her flat out, “There’s no way I could pay for somebody to come out here.”

For him, that seemed to be the end of the discussion, but that was just the beginning of a long process his daughter set out on. She knew there had to be something, some program that could help him as a wartime veteran pay for home care support when it was so obviously needed.

During her search, she discovered the Aid and Attendance Benefit and the Homebound pension programs through the VA. The more she learned about the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the more she believed her father would qualify. She sat down with John one afternoon and told him what she had learned.

Since he served at least one day during a time of official combat, which, in this case was the Korean War, his minimum time of service was more than 90 days, he could prove home care was necessary, his income was limited, and he didn’t have a lot of assets, he could very well qualify for this pension that could help him pay for home care providers.

When he applied, he felt a great weight lifted from him and he appreciated his daughters determination to help him figure out a way to afford home care support.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Naples, FLplease contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.

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Ted Wolfendale, Esq.

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

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.

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