Connecting to Other Veterans Who Rely on Home Care Could Help Your Aging FatherWed, Nov 18 2015 | Uncategorized
People have a tendency to congregate closer to people who are just like them. You can find this in your own life. Just look around at your family, friends, and even coworkers with whom you have a good relationship. They aren’t the same as you, but it is unlikely that you will spend a great deal of time with people who are your complete opposite.
The same holds true for aging veterans who might require home care at the moment. For example, your elderly father may have served in the Army and now that he is 84 years old, living alone, and having difficulty getting around, you managed to convince him to hire a home care aide. He had applied for and qualified for the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the VA, which helped pay for this level of home care.
Yet, even though he is getting a quality caregiver supporting him on a daily basis, you’re worried about his emotional state of mind. Many of his friends have passed away and those that are still alive have moved closer to be with family, into other living situations, and that means your father spends the majority of his days alone, locked inside the house.
One thing you could encourage him to do is reach out to other veterans in the area his own age who may also be relying on home care.
How do you find these other veterans?
You can contact a local VFW organization and let them know about your father and the situation he is in. If your father qualified for the Aid and Attendance pension program, that means he served at least one day of his active duty service during a time of active combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam Conflict. As such, he may even qualify for membership in the VFW.
If he doesn’t, they may still be able to introduce him to other veterans in the area his age. Some of them may be relying on a home care aide as well. Even if they don’t, this could be a great opportunity for him to get together, sit down and talk to them over coffee, and do other activities.
Being active and engaged with others is a great way to promote positive emotional health and well-being. That is crucial to maintaining a positive and healthy life, no matter how old that individual is.
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