Veterans are the most honored among us - they have served and protected our country so that we can go about our daily lives. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 21.7 million veterans
in the U.S. Many of them have experienced physical, mental and emotional trauma that we can’t even begin to imagine. They committed themselves to serving our country and never asked for thanks or recognition. That is why when they come home, they deserve our unwavering support and care.
If you are the caregiver of a veteran, you deserve support and recognition, too. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver
website acknowledges the difficulty of this responsibility saying: “Being the family caregiver of a veteran can be challenging, demanding, exhausting, and rewarding. Remember to be patient with yourself – learning to be a family caregiver takes time.” Home Care Assistance
and the VA are here to help you with the tools and support you need to be successful over the long- term.
The VA Caregiver Support page
provides essential tools to organize the care of veterans. It includes diagnosis care sheets, daily tips, and checklists to organize medications, medical appointments, questions for providers and other essential tasks. As the VA says, it’s a great toolbox filled with tools to help care for a veteran.
As important as it is to know how to care for a veteran, it just as important to know how to care for yourself. Caregiver burnout
is very real. 40% to 70% of family caregivers experience clinically significant symptoms of depression and anxiety due to the emotional toll of caring for a loved one. Burnout exacts a physical, emotional and mental toll resulting in exhaustion, isolation, a lack of caring and sometimes resentment toward your loved one.
Even if you are the sole caregiver of a veteran, there is a way for you to take time for yourself; that’s what respite care is designed to do. Home Care Assistance respite care
provides temporary or hourly care so that you can take a much-needed break from caregiving responsibilities. Our trained caregivers are skilled in caring for a wide range of impairments
, including physical needs like rehabilitation, specialized orthopedics, and neurological care. They are also trained to work with older adults who have some form of cognitive impairment and are ready to patiently and compassionately work with those suffering from emotional trauma.
We will also help to ease your stress by checking in on your loved one during hospital stays. Our hospital sitters can provide around-the-clock companionship and monitoring for safety. If your loved one is in rehab, Home Care Assistance caregivers can help take care of them there as well, providing the personal attention they need and deserve to promote an optimal recovery. We can even accompany veterans on vacations if you are worried about their ability to travel independently.
Veterans have done the important work of protecting our country; now you are doing the important work of protecting them. Let Home Care Assistance help. We all need to work together to care for our most important heroes.