Home Care & Veterans: What You Need to Know
Caregivers of disabled or aging veterans may need help navigating the complex issues their loved ones deal with on a daily basis.
Here’s how you can prepare yourself to meet the challenges.
Understanding Unique Needs
Veterans have distinctive sets of health and personal needs. Compared to civilians, veterans are more likely to suffer from:
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Substance abuse disorder (SUD)
• Chronic pain
• Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
Additional complications from injuries, amputations, and exposure to noise or chemicals may also affect health. Veterans who have recently returned from service can struggle to readjust to society outside of the military, and many require assistance with basic life skills.
Finding Knowledgeable Medical Professionals
Although many benefits and health services are available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), some veterans either don’t qualify for, live too far from these services to benefit and must receive care from civilian facilities, or need more care than the VA can provide.
Additionally, a 2018 RAND study revealed civilian doctors are unprepared to deal with many of the health concerns and mental traumas veterans face and require more training to better serve these patients. Poor communication between providers makes it difficult for veterans seeing both VA and civilian medical professionals to maintain a cohesive continuum of care, so caregivers must do additional work to avoid delays or mistakes.
Connecting Aging Veterans with Home Care
Caring Home Care provides in-home services for aging veterans and those requiring long-term care for ongoing health problems. The services we provide range from:
• Homemaker services (cooking, cleaning, etc.)
• Personal care assistance (bathing, grooming, dressing, etc.)
• Respite care
• Live-in caregiving
• Post-op care
Easing the Burden for Caregivers
Emotional and financial support can take some of the load off you as the caregiver of a veteran. Thanks to the VA, caregivers have access to services like a support line and an online workshop.
Ultimately, hiring a professional caregiver can help ease the burden of caring for your loved one and provide them with the care and compassion they need each and every day. Caring Home Care’s certified caregivers can help as little or as much as you need at an affordable price. Learn more about our caregiving services today!