According to AARP, 71% of 50 to 64-year old Americans want to keep living in their own homes as they age. For Americans aged 65 years or older, that percentage increases to 87%. (VeteranAid.org) American veterans make up a significant portion of this population, accounting for more than 14.3 million people (Living Veterans by Age Group, VA.gov). These men and women proudly served our nation and are incredibly deserving of dignified, well-rounded care that honors their sacrifice.
Aligning Priorities in Care
Many veterans have faced trying situations and felt the pressures of our nation’s security and safety on their shoulders. As a result, maintaining independence and autonomy as they age has become tantamount to veteran mental health and well-being. After serving, it may be difficult for some to rely on others for help with daily tasks and activities. Having a knowledgeable, experienced caregiver can help ease this transition. Understanding boundaries, effective communication, and trauma-informed care are all important components to a successful in-home caregiver and veteran client relationship.
Meeting the Unique Needs of Veterans
Veterans, like other aging populations, may require assistance with routine activities like preparing meals, managing medications, and handling household chores. Old injuries or mobility limitations can create fall risks or other dangerous situations during such activities, but a skilled caregiver can help mitigate these complications.
Beyond this, veterans can also benefit from an in-home caregiver with experience navigating insurance and medical communications. Many veterans are eligible for and receive unique benefits through the United States government, but likely need help navigating through the information and processes. Caregivers can provide logistical and physical support for both administrative tasks and physical activities like transportation to and from VA appointments.
Finding the Right Fit for the Veteran in Your Life
Long-term independence while living at home is possible for our veteran loved ones. It’s important to work with a coordinator and placement agency with a thorough vetting process and a diverse team of certified in-home care professionals to find the right fit. At AmeriCare, we encourage you to have open and honest conversations with your loved ones about what they need and are looking for in an in-home caregiver. To help get the conversation started, take a look at our articles Why Everyone Should Plan for Long-Term Care and 10 Tips for Having Tough Conversations with Aging Parents.