Questions are good. When a person has questions and doesn’t ask, they’re missing out on a great opportunity to not only learn more about the subject, but also make a well-informed decision. For veterans, especially those who have difficulty getting around or taking care of themselves in a safe and healthy manner, homecare is a great option to consider.
Unfortunately, far too many people know little about homecare services.
This goes for the average individual and veterans. If a person doesn’t know much about homecare, how can they possibly make a reasoned and well informed decision about it, either for themselves or somebody they love?
Below are three common questions some veterans may have about homecare. These questions are also commonplace among nonveterans. The basic purpose of these questions is to highlight some of the benefits that homecare provides.
Common Question #1: What is it?
In other words, what does homecare offer? Essentially, a homecare aide can provide support for someone who is having difficulty taking care of themselves at home. This can include assisting them getting out of bed, getting up from a chair, walking down the hallway, taking a shower, getting to the bathroom in fact, going to the store, getting to doctors’ appointments, and much more.
A homecare aide is basically an assistant for the most basic tasks of everyday life.
Common Question #2: What is homecare not?
Yes, this is an odd question, but far too many people assume a homecare aide is going to assist with everything that a veteran needs to do throughout the day. A homecare aide is not a cleaning service. They don’t do laundry. They don’t shovel driveways or walkways.
They may assist the senior with any or all of these tasks, essentially to keep them safe, but that is not their job. If someone needs constant help doing the laundry because they have no clue what they’re doing or are physically incapable of doing it, a different professional may be needed as well as a homecare aide.
Common Question #3: How much does it cost?
The cost of homecare services will vary. There are homecare aides, visiting nurses, physical therapists, and other providers that may be needed.
A homecare aide, being the most common type of support, can be hired for just a couple of hours a day, once a week to start or for full-time, around-the-clock care. The cost will be dependent on not just the hourly rate, but just how much service and support a person needs.
For veterans who qualify, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is the best way to pay for homecare support services.