Memorial Day is not simply a time to have a Monday off and fire up the barbie. It also a day to remember veterans who died in all American wars . If you are a geriatric care manager or aging professional, you actually memorialize those 600,000 men and women vets who died in battle by helping the older living veterans who survived in the last 5 wars ( WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan.)
They all need the VA benefits they deserve but and all too many never get them.Geriatric care managers can be a huge help to older veterans to get VA benefits. With nearly 10 million veterans in the U.S. who over the age of 65, older vets are usually good candidates for geriatric care management services both now and in the future.
Unfortunately, navigating the services, supports, and benefits available to older veterans can be a titanic challenge for geriatric care managers and clients alike. Services and supports for this population are available at the federal, state and local level addition to the service navigation complexity. The configuration of services received by veterans and their families is likely to consist of federal services provided by the Veterans Administration in addition to more localized services for older adults in general like those provided by senior centers, area agencies on aging, etc.
Benefits available to veterans and their families range from federal VA home improvement grants, burial benefits, medical care, respite, housing programs, pension, and even local benefits like business loans and discount programs.
Like most clients served by geriatric care managers, this population will need personalized assistance in meeting their care needs. For this reason, it is important to note that services and supports designed for older adults, in general, are also key resources for veterans.
While the VA is a great resource, don’t overlook the value and expertise offered by local organizations like local healthcare centers, senior centers, and Area Agencies on Aging, among others.
Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition, includes a new chapter that will help you help vets Maximizing the Health and Wells-Being of Older Veterans by Dr. Lenard Kaye, director of the Center for Aging at the University of Maine and Glenn Osbourne, director of the National Veterans Legal Aid Group. As an aging life or geriatric care manager, or senior advocate, learn how to to get elder veteran’s the benefits they so deserve.