At Emerest, our mission is to provide customized care to fit any client’s needs. Our caregivers help seniors with various tasks, including housework, personal grooming, and in some cases, medical care. With Veterans Day right around the corner, we’re proud to highlight our veteran-specific programs, which provide specialized care and services to those that have served our country. Currently offered at our Connecticut Emerest location, we work directly with the VA to assist veterans with their needs and provide appropriate in-home care.
With the help of our compassionate staff of home health aides, these services allow those who protected our freedom to stay in their homes and live their lives with dignity. Keep reading to learn more about Emerest services available for veterans.
Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care
Homemakers or home health aides are trained individuals who come to a veteran’s home to help them take care of themselves and their daily activities. These caregiver services allow veterans to remain living in their own homes and maintain their independence without sacrificing their health and safety. Examples of daily activities that a home health aide may assist with include:
- Getting dressed
- Personal grooming
- Using the bathroom
- Grocery shopping
- Picking up medications
- Driving to doctor’s appointments
Unfortunately, many veterans cannot afford professional in-home care – that’s where the VA comes in. In addition to other medical and financial assistance, the VA provides care to veterans through community providers when they can’t provide the care needed. At Emerest, we work directly with VA staff to assess veterans’ needs and provide them with appropriate care through community care. Community care is based on specific eligibility criteria, including the availability of VA care and the needs or circumstances of the veteran.
Our program in Connecticut is for veterans who need personal care services and help with daily living activities. The program is also for veterans who feel isolated, lonely, or their caregiver is experiencing a financial burden. In any case, the VA pays for these services. So, there is no additional cost to veterans.
All veterans enrolled in VA services are eligible for Homemaker Home Health Aide Care if they are also eligible for community care, meet the clinical criteria for the service, and it is available. To find out if you’re eligible, reach out to your VA social worker or call Emerest for step-by-step guidance and more information about our veterans’ program.
For Veterans Who Do Not Qualify for Community Care through the VA
Veterans who don’t qualify for community care may still be eligible for homemaker services through the Aid and Attendance Benefit. With this program, the VA reimburses veterans for home care services instead of paying for them directly. Our team at Emerest works with VetAssist to pre-qualify veterans and see if they are eligible for reimbursement. If they are approved, VetAssist will cover the cost of home care and allows the services to begin right away. Therefore, the veteran doesn’t have to experience any financial strains while waiting for reimbursement from the VA.
- You need another person to help you perform daily activities, like bathing, feeding, and dressing
- You have to stay in bed—or spend a large portion of the day in bed—because of illness
- You are a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability
- Your eyesight is limited (even with glasses or contact lenses, you have only 5/200 or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less)
Emerest Adult Family Living (AFL)
In addition to supporting veterans and providing homemaker services, Emerest can assist family caregivers as well. Many people care for their elderly loved ones for free simply because they want to ensure they receive the best possible care. However, working full-time as an unpaid caregiver can take a significant toll on a person’s finances. Through Emerest’s Adult Family Living (AFL) program, the family caregiver can get paid to care for their loved one! Veterans’ should take advantage of this program if they rely on a family member or friend to care for them on a daily basis. Not a veteran and interested in our AFL program? No worries! The Adult Family Living program is for all elders 65+ and older who are on Medicaid and live in the state of Connecticut. Click here or call us today to see if you are eligible for our Adult Family Living program!
Emerest Veterans Program
Our dedicated team of on-site personnel will work with you to develop a care plan catered to the specific needs of you or your loved one. If you’re interested in our Emerest Veterans Program, reach out to Emerest Home Care of CT today, and let us help walk you through the process.