As we approach Memorial day this weekend, if you work with a veteran that survived a war, here are some ways to get help for them.
The spouses of veterans can receive VA benefits. A care manager should check whether they are providing care as part of a support system for a veteran or if they themselves are your clients.
If they are a caregiver of a veteran you should do a caregiver assessment. Then create a care plan outlining caregiver supports through local veterans’ organizations or area agencies on aging or caregiver support agencies like Family Caregiver Alliance
Some local organizations may have support, training, or another programming available specifically tailored to caregivers of veterans. If not, general caregiving programs available in the community are a great place to start.
Also, spouses of veterans may be eligible for support and benefits through the VA system depending on a variety of factors associated with the military service status of the spouse who served in the military. General spousal benefits, regardless of caregiver status, include burial benefits, Dependency, and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), educational assistance, and survivor’s pension for low-income surviving spouse and children (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2012.
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.