The total number of Americans over the age of 65 was about 40.2 million in 2010. Of that population, more than 10 million consisted of war veterans. This means that 25 percent of Americans are veterans who may need assistance to stay in their homes. There are 576,214 veterans living in Illinois. There are 1,438, 337 veterans living in Florida. There are 1,460,397 veterans living in Texas. In Home Personal Services provides its affordable in-home care services currently in the states of IL, FL, and TX and has various programs and targeted services just for veterans.
We take pride in the care and peace we provide to our veteran clients and their families. We consider it a great privilege to serve the brave men and women who dedicated their lives to defend and protect our country. In Home Personal Services is proud to offer home care veteran service to our nation’s heroes.
Not enough veterans realize the value in relying on a home care aide. Whether it’s for support following a hospitalization, the natural process of aging, a disability, or even following injuries sustained in an accident, a caregiver (via In Home Personal Services) or a visiting nurse (via our sister company Bowes In Home Care) can be instrumental at providing comfort, safety, and helping the senior veteran maintain a sustainable quality of life.
Larry, a 75 year-old veteran pilot is just one example of how the combined efforts of In Home Personal Services (non-medical home care) and sister company Bowes In Home Care (medical home care) aids in giving him and his wife and family caregiver Bonnie the additional assistance necessary to maintain their independence and quality of life. Larry has been a client of In Home Personal Services and Bowes in Home Care for over a year. He served in the Vietnam War as a pilot and has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
We recently took Larry back up in the air in a B-52. You can learn more about that story here. Larry took the time to share stories about the 200 missions he flew during his time as a pilot in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. You can see that in the video below.
With the aid of both companies, Larry is able to now feel safer and navigate around his own home with more ease. Bonnie has learned how to assist Larry with his daily care routine alongside the caregiver and physical therapist. Bonnie has also received assistance with cleaning the house and additional tasks that go above and beyond the caregiver’s duties.
“He fell a lot before [In Home Personal Services] got here. He hasn’t fallen at all since. They check on Larry all the time. The workers showed me how to care for him, how to bathe him. They have taught me to work with him so he doesn’t fall. Larry has been able to have a good life because he hasn’t fallen as much. It’s just wonderful care. I just couldn’t ask for better care.”
– Bonnie (Larry’s Wife)
Many veterans similar to Larry may not believe home care is an affordable option for them. In addition, many family caregivers like Bonnie may feel it’s his or her sole responsibility to look after their loved one. That doesn’t mean that family caregivers don’t need assistance at times. However, there are various pensions made available through the VA that could assist veterans in paying for home care services. Such assistance as the Aid and Attendance Benefit and Homebound Pension are ways that can help. In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, a veteran needs to be able to prove that home care is necessary at this point in their life. Another requirement is that the veteran needs to have served at least 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military. A minimum of one day of their service needs to have overlapped a time of official combat, which is, generally speaking, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to have been two years.
In Home Personal Services prides itself on providing affordable home care services for veterans. Hiring a caregiver can give a veteran’s family caregiver the break they need to come back and offer the best support to the veteran. We provide hourly and around the clock flex care options with services such as meal preparation, medication reminders, safety and comfort checks, dressing assistance, hygiene assistance, light housekeeping, laundry services, shopping and destination assistance, and more. Our caregivers are trained in various disciplines to help those dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, post-surgical or post-stroke, dementia, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, just to name a few. Rest assured any veterans under our care are in great hands from caregivers who will treat them like family.