For elderly veterans, the task of getting older is not easy. It’s not easy for anyone, but for some veterans, it can be a little bit more challenging because they were used to protecting and supporting others, not needing care themselves.
Most aging men and women prefer to remain home, if they have a choice. They don’t want to go to a facility or group home. They’re comfortable where they are, whether it’s an apartment, house, condo, or even living with their adult children and their family. The longer they’ve spent in the same place, the more comfortable they’ve become.
In time, though, safety is going to be an issue. As aging veterans face increased physical challenges, mobility issues, and health problems, they won’t be as safe as they were in the past. When getting up from a seated position becomes more challenging, what does that mean for walking up and down stairs, going down the hallway, or even getting in a car to go to the store?
Many elderly veterans will turn to family first, but what if family doesn’t live close? They might turn to friends next, right? What if their friends aren’t able to help because of their own age and physical limitations? Maybe they’ll try the neighbors? That doesn’t always work out. In fact, it rarely ever does when it comes to neighbors and supporting an aging person.
That’s why Veterans’ care agencies are so valuable. Below are three ways that Veterans’ care can help elderly veterans stay safer at home:
Help with Activities of Daily Life
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are those things we do every day. It includes bathing and toileting, getting dressed, preparing meals, keeping the house clean, and much more. With a home care aide stopping by at the same time every day or a few days a week, that elderly veteran can get assistance, especially if he or she is struggling to get out of bed or do some of those ADLs that had once been easy for them to complete.
Depending on where an elderly veteran lives, the town or city may provide public transportation, even the senior center could send a bus to pick somebody up to bring them there for activities for a day. But what if they don’t live close to other transportation lines?
What if the elderly veteran doesn’t have the financial resources to constantly call on Lyft or Uber or similar ride sharing services? A Veterans’ care aide may provide transportation, if that’s part of their offer.
Assistance with Mobility
A lot of aging seniors give up activities they once enjoyed because of mobility challenges. When they have difficulty walking around on their own, they may not go to the park, walk around the block for exercise, or do other activities they once loved to do.
But, with an experienced Veterans’ care provider, aging veterans may be able to participate in some of these activities again because of that hands-on physical assistance.