Care for Aging Veterans in Norwalk CT
It was a cold and dreary day in autumn. Thomas was feeling isolated and alone. He had been widowed for more than five years and many of the friends he made during his time in the Army had either moved or passed away. At 83, he knew time was running out for him, but he still had a zest for life that couldn’t be stilled easily.
The daily routine, such as getting out of bed in the morning, getting into and out of the shower, getting dressed, and even preparing breakfast or other meals was becoming more difficult. He did what he could, but often would wait until his oldest son, daughter-in-law, or a neighbor was available to help him with other things, such as taking the garbage out, picking up some sticks after a storm, and so on.
His son kept talking about hiring a home care aide, but he didn’t think it was necessary. Besides, he told his son he didn’t have a lot of money. His pension, which was meager, didn’t pay for much more than basic living expenses. He was trying to save what he could for whatever adventures may lay ahead, but he could barely sock away $20 a month.
His son finally came back one afternoon to talk to him about applying for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. He looked into it and determined his father just might qualify. Thomas had served four years in the Army, with the last few months of his service falling during the beginning of official combat in the Vietnam War. In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, veterans need to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty with at least one day overlapping a time of active combat.
His income was well below $16,000 per year, and since his assets were minimal as well, he might qualify in that regard. Thomas was interested, but still didn’t see how a home care aide was going to be all that beneficial.
He applied, was approved, and hired somebody. What he found very quickly was that a home care aide could offer a lot more than just physical support. This caregiver, experienced as she was, was interested in what he wanted to do. He suddenly became inspired to pursue certain activities and other areas of interest. It made him feel like his life still mattered.
Home care for veterans and others can be a lot more than just about physical needs; it can be about the emotional needs that often go unspoken and unnoticed.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk,CT, please contact the caring staff at Sovereign Home Health today at 203-523-0331.
Sovereign Home Health is focused on caring for our clients throughout Connecticut and Northern, New Jersey.With two locations and services ranging from our personal care and companion care services to our 24/7 Never Alone Care, our specially trained and certified in-home caregivers can provide you with the care and freedom you or your loved one deserve.
Each of our clients has different care needs, and Sovereign Home Health provides a range of services that can be customized to fit their unique, individual client needs. To learn more about Sovereign Home Health or to set up a free comprehensive consultation, contact us today.
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