Sometimes it is difficult for us, as adult children, to switch roles occasionally with our aging parents. No wonder how awkward it might be, one of our most important jobs is to advocate for their needs.
I think back to the hours my parents spent, researching scholarship possibilities for my siblings and me before we headed off to college.
Then I think about today, and the importance of helping them find what they need. My parents helped me find the ways to attend college. I am helping them gain access to every benefit they might qualify to receive. Because my dad is a veteran who has slowly lost his ability in the last few years to remain gainfully employed, I conducted research on the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs website. That’s where I found a pension benefit paid to wartime veterans over age 65 who have limited incomes.
The qualifications include:
The Veteran’s Mortgage Life Insurance policy is another benefit which isn’t well known. Available to severely disabled veterans, this policy provides up to $200,000 toward the outstanding mortgage in the event that the veteran dies. Note the mortgage payment is only paid to the mortgage lender, not the relatives of the deceased veteran.
Once you begin the research, you will see that a lot of time and careful reading is required. Visit the Veteran’s Administration online to begin your search. Take your time and carefully read all the information.
As a veteran, your dad’s service to our country may afford him some options he doesn’t know about, but needs. You can do a lot of the research and your assistance in that may make a huge contribution to a comfortable lifestyle, with benefits he has earned but may not be receiving.
More than 20% of veterans with PTSD also suffer from an addiction or dependence on drugs or alcohol. Here’s a page with resources to help veterans dealing with addiction and drug abuse problems.
A comfortable lifestyle includes peace of mind and a feeling of safety and that’s an area that Keeping in Touch Solutions can help. Our care callers make a daily call to check in on dad and remind him about his medications. It’s peace of mind for you, too.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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