Our nation has celebrated freedom for centuries now, and a lot is owed to our military and its members. Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11th. This is a special day to celebrate our nation’s veterans who have sacrificed so much to keep America free. Veterans Day is a wonderful reason to acknowledge your veteran loved one’s service and give them a sense of support and validation.
When an elderly loved one is a veteran, it is especially important to take the time to spend the morning or afternoon with them. Take them out to coffee and offer a listening ear while they reminisce. Bring along the grandchildren and remind them of the hero that is their grandparent. The more ears that hear the stories, the more the memories and a piece of your loved one’s history is preserved. If they have some memorabilia at easy access, perhaps they would appreciate a shadow box created to showcase their medals and achievements.
We can celebrate our veterans by acknowledging them and the time sacrificed away from family and friends while they served. Make it a point to visit a veteran loved one. Some veterans are proud of their experiences in the military and would love to share their stories of comradery and heroism with their loved ones. If your loved one would prefer not to go into details about their service, just spending time with them doing what they enjoy is all they need to feel appreciated.
It is important to help your veteran loved one to research the financial assistance that is available to them so that they can continue to live safely and comfortably in their own home. In home help makes it possible to keep up with familiar routines, friendships and other activities. The ability to keep a consistent lifestyle is very beneficial to a loved one’s overall sense of wellbeing. When an elderly loved one begins to show a need for daily assistance, it is best to call on a compassionate and knowledgeable caregiver to help them in their home. Your loved one can receive assistance with daily household chores such as light housekeeping, laundry, vacuuming, meal preparation and pet care when needed. If your loved one requires additional assistance, a highly trained caregiver can provide in home help with personal hygiene, medication reminders and walking assistance. Having this kind of assistance at home will help your loved one feel independent and valued.
Our veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our nation and our freedom. We need to show them our appreciation and do what it takes to provide the high level of care that they deserve. Daily assistance can be costly depending on what is needed and our veterans deserve the best care they can get. If your loved one has actively served in the military for at least sixty days or at least one day during a period of war, they may qualify for the VA’s Benefit and Attendance Benefit. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara understands and values the sacrifices they have made and highly trained caregivers are ready to give your family peace of mind that your veteran loved one is cared for while living independently and safely in the comforts of their own home.
If you would like to learn more about in home care for veterans and the many benefits of in home senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. The Veterans Administration recognizes the men and women who have served for our country and has created an improved pension to help veterans afford any additional care they may need as they get older. If your veteran loved one requires assistance with eating, bathing and mobility, they are eligible to apply for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit. With a little guidance by our office, we can help your loved one enroll in this form of financial assistance in surrounding areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.