When people are struggling with certain things in their life, they may have friends or family who dismiss their concerns. They might not be able to express their concerns properly and they are misunderstood. They may also hear a common phrase such as, ‘deal with it.’
As veterans get older, there’s no reason why they should have to ‘deal with it’ with regard to any situation. If they are feeling lonely, they don’t need to ‘deal with it.’ If they’re feeling nervous or worried about their safety because it takes them longer to get up and down the stairs, they don’t feel as steady on their feet, or they understand their balance is compromised, they don’t need to ‘deal with it.’
Home care is the best option.
When people get older and begin struggling with their own basic care, safety, or quality of life, there’s no excuse for not discussing home care when they begin expressing those concerns openly.
It’s not easy for veterans or other seniors to begin admitting they are no longer capable of taking care of themselves properly. In fact, many aging veterans have great difficulty asking for help or admitting their own limitations. If an elderly individual is talking to an adult child, friend, or other family member about their issues or challenges they’re facing, that’s a call for help.
No family member or friend should ever tell an elderly loved one to just deal with it. So, they can’t get up and down stairs like they used to. Just deal with it? They have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning because of sore joints or stiff muscles. Just deal with it?
No, they shouldn’t just deal with it.
What they should do is consider hiring home care aides to help out. Home care aides can be hired for just two hours at a time they can be hired in the morning to help the elderly veteran get out of bed and get ready for the day. They can be hired for two hours in the evening to assist in end of the day routines and get them ready for bed at night. They can be hired for around-the-clock care, if needed.
If an aging veterans has difficulty paying for home care support, they might consider looking into The Aid and Attendance Benefit through the VA or the Homebound pension if they qualify based on their time of service and other factors.