Aging Veterans Benefit From In-Home Care

Northern Ohio — “We understand the frustration of not knowing where to go for help, or even what help might be available,” states Janet McGarvey, co-owner of Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services. “Our organization understands the needs of aging veterans and their desire to stay in their home for as long as possible. We will work diligently to provide in-home assistance and to treat our veterans with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Active in Erie, Lorain and the surrounding counties, Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services provides affordable, quality care for aging veterans so that they can continue to live in the comfort of their own home. As a veteran —or a widow of a veteran —it may be difficult for you to depend on family for assistance. And it’s not that you don’t want to ask them for help, but you don’t want to feel like a burden and you want to do things on your own terms, and on your own schedule.

The Seniors Helping Seniors organization will provide flexible services for any day of the week. The length service can range from a minimum of two hours to an over-night stay, as well as 24-hour, round-the-clock care in the home. Your living arrangements, dietary restrictions, and special needs are used to create a plan that fits your lifestyle and your budget.

One of the most common types of in-home service is Companion Care. This is quality care in any area of daily living in order to provide comfort, safety and independence. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and Dementia are also a part of Companion Care as well as Medication Reminders and Mobility Assistance.

Personal Care provides assistance with hygiene, grooming, bathing, dressing and hair care. Homemaking Services include meal planning, shopping and preparation, cleaning, laundry and running errands.

Transportation Services include a specific request for an appointment such as a doctor’s visit, physical therapy, dialysis, beauty shop, attending an event, or just to get out of the house and see the countryside.

A little-known program for aging veterans or their widows is the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit which offers assistance with in-home care expenses. For the veterans or their widows who meet the right criteria, the Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide financial assistance toward the cost of in-home care services such as medication reminders, meal preparation, mobility assistance, personal care and other activities of daily living.

To qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit the veteran must be 65 or older, honorably discharged, and have served during a period of war, but not necessarily in combat. The application process includes several requirements for determining eligibility. One of the most important criteria is that the veteran must be receiving home care services at the time of the application.

By contacting your local Seniors Helping Seniors organization you will be working directly with those who care for aging veterans and understand the complex application process.

In Lorain County call 440-935-3848, in Erie, Huron and Ottawa Counties call 419-366-4915 and in Medina County call 330-388-0166 or visit