We owe a lot to our veterans. These heroic men and women have risked their lives for our safety and freedom. For that reason, we’re proud to partner with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make sure our veterans receive the best care possible during their golden years. From home health care benefits to caretaker respite, we’re passionate about educating veterans and their loved ones to make sure they receive maximum VA home health care benefits.
Home Health Care Benefits for Veterans
Aid and Attendance
Wartime veterans receive a variety of healthcare benefits from the VA. For example, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is a tax-free benefit for veterans and their surviving spouses who are 65 years or older. This benefit provides financial aid to help offset the cost of long-term care for veterans. This is especially helpful for those who need help with everyday activities like bathing and eating. Although there are a few limitations on these benefits – for example, applicants must meet certain service, disability, income, and asset requirements – they can certainly be a great way to support your loved one as they grow older. Additionally, the benefits are a great way to keep your loved one in their own home. Contact your local VA facility to learn more.
Help for Caregivers
Families want to take good care of their loved ones, but caregiving is hard work. It can be mentally and physically challenging to support someone who is injured or disabled. Fortunately, the VA’s Family Caregivers Program provides support to caregivers – specifically, those caring for veterans and service members seriously injured in the 9/11 tragedy. In fact, eligible caregivers can receive a variety of benefits including mental health services and a stipend to support in-home respite care. Although the benefits are currently limited to 9/11 responders, caregivers of veterans injured in other events will become eligible for this benefit in early 2019 (source).
Our In-Home Services
The VA promotes organization-wide “I CARE” values: integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence. At Phoenix Home Care, we’re committed to living up to those values every day as VA partners. We can tailor a wide variety of in-home services to the needs of each veteran seeking VA home health care. Because we’re committed to safety, efficiency, and ethical practices, our in-home health care services are authorized by the Division of Senior & Disability Services and regulated by the Division of Senior and Disability Services. Our VA home health care options include a variety of services:
- Personal care (grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting)
- Nursing services
- Basic housekeeping
- Respite care for caregivers
- Social outings and companionship
- Meal preparation and planning
- Pet care
Private Duty Care Services
We’re passionate about promoting dignity and independence in the lives of our heroes. That’s why we service VA clients through our Private Duty Care Services Department, allowing veterans to remain in the comfort of their own home. Unfortunately, as individuals age, the home can present a variety of dangers including falls, cooking fires, and other emergencies. Furthermore, those risks are particularly dangerous if the patient has lingering injuries from their time in military service. For those reasons, Private Duty Care services are a great way to help patients avoid unnecessary hospital or nursing home stays.
At Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, we strive to promote positivity, improve our patients’ quality of life, and meet the challenges that life brings with compassion, grace, empathy, and respect. We take great pleasure in helping our clients find the services that they need to thrive, including services that support veterans. To learn more about VA home health care, contact us today.