We owe a lot to our veterans. These heroic men and women have risked their lives for our safety and freedom. For that reason, the folks at Phoenix Home Care & Hospice are 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. They view one of their key roles with vets is to educate them on the benefits that are available to them.
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.
The VA promotes organization-wide “I CARE” values: integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence. Phoenix Home Care is committed to living up to those values every day as VA partners. They can tailor a wide variety of in-home services to the needs of each veteran seeking VA home health care. Because of their commitment to safety, efficiency, and ethical practices, their in-home health care services are authorized by the Division of Senior & Disability Services and regulated by the Division of Senior and Disability Services. VA home health care options include a variety of services:
Personal care (grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting)
Respite care for caregivers
Social outings and companionship
Meal preparation and planning
Private Duty Care Services
Phoenix Home Care is passionate about promoting dignity and independence in the lives of our heroes. That’s why they service VA clients through their 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.
Phoenix Home Care & Hospice
2945 SW Wanamaker Dr., Suite B
Topeka, KS 66614