A new solution for many elder care related problems.
Vets for Elders offers many solutions that could help with the challenges of caring for elders in today’s health care environment.
Your mom or dad has reached a point where they need more care than they have the means to pay for. After a couple of falls and hospital stays, it’s clear that additional assistance is needed.
Yes, it’s scary – for both you and your family member. It doesn’t mean that the only option is a skilled nursing facility or a crowed group home.
In this post, I’d like to introduce a new solution - Vets for Elders.
A new, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a win-win scenario for both elders in need of non-medical care and US Veterans and their spouses.
First, let’s look at two kinds of collaborative care provided by Vets for Elders:
• Veterans or veteran spouses provide non-medical support (companionship, light housework, shopping, and supervision.)
• Health Care Advocates providing elders with referrals to other community organizations and benefits such as medical, VA programs, meal delivery programs, transportation and many other programs which can assist them further to age in place.
Through Vets for Elders, companionship and advocacy is provided at little or no cost to the elder. Veterans and veteran spouses are paid $18 per hour from donations and sponsorships from individuals and corporations. This is a win-win scenario for both veterans and elders.
Vets for Elders is beginning to work with employers to create customized programs to add the unique elder care provided by Vets for Elders to employee benefit programs. Contact us to learn more.
The children of baby boomer elders are in a tough situation, typically they have both aging parents and children to care for. Both need their time, attention and financial resources.
The costs of private care due to the current US based healthcare structure are quickly outpacing the means of a fixed income elder. With rising rates on every aspect of healthcare, the gap between income and expenses must be bridged, usually by coming out of pocket. Often the burden falls on the baby boomer’s children to make up the difference. That’s the money side.
Then there is the amount of time it takes to care for an elder. With an elder still living in their own home, there is a dramatic increase in the time required.
The list goes on and on.
Caring for an elder is very challenging for anyone working an average of 60 hours per week. Many workers in this situation are overwhelmed, have feelings of guilt and always seem to be failing in one or more aspects of their lives.
Vets for Elders and its partners can help with the medical and non-medical care.
Lower income elders undergoing hospital treatment and many times stay longer in the hospital because they don’t have adequate home care. This makes it unsafe to discharge them and increases the cost of hospital care. What can be done?
Vets for Elders can help bridge the transition home with the combination of Veteran support and Health Care Advocates. We partner with established home care organizations to support elders post hospital care and our Health care advocates will assist elders with accessing other programs and resources. Contact us to learn more.
Veterans and their spouses operate with a strong sense of mission and purpose. They have spent their careers serving in the military to help protect our country, to ensure we stay safe and secure. These are the same values that are needed in caring for our elders. Veterans and their spouses are ideal candidates to provide these services because they understand a mission larger than oneself and this mission of caring for our elders is truly about caring for those that laid the foundation for the lives we live today. Active military, Veterans and their spouses can naturally identify with this sentiment and the importance. We have found that both elderly men and women respond well to a Veteran’s sense of duty, commitment to a mission, responsibility, strength and life experiences. Giving elders this kind of support will help them find a sense of purpose, companionship and dignity that they won’t find with the typical home care worker.
America is not prepared for this coming shortage. Congress and the White House have kicked the can down the road, effectively waiting for the issue to become a crisis before they deal with it. But caring for America’s elders is the single most expensive domestic priority on the horizon, breaking the projected budgets of both Medicare and Medicaid, all 50 states and most of the middle class, and the truth is, no one is truly prepared for what is to come.
Jay Newton Small in his article for Time Magazine published on February 15, 2019
Vets for Elders may be an option to help address the growing number of elders in need in America.
Vets for Elders is launching now and needs your support. We are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego with a mission to help address the rising gap between elder care and funding.
We accept donations and sponsorships. To learn more about Vets for Elders, visit our website at https://vetsforelders.org/