Sometimes being the guardian of your family means caring for an aging parent or loved one. To find level ground in this new role, connect with a Military OneSource elder care consultant.
An elder care consultant can help you connect with services and support you need to take care of the senior in your military family – whether that person lives with you or across the world. An elder care consultation is:
- Conducted by phone
Caring for an aging loved one is much easier with the right support. A Military OneSource elder care consultant can help your family get on solid ground.
What should I expect from an elder care consultation?
Elder care services consultations include a one-on-one session with a master’s level-trained professional. They can provide valuable information on resources and services such as:
- Recommendations for in-home care, transportation and insurance.
- Help finding assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities or continuing care retirement communities.
- Research and referrals for senior citizen programs and services such as the Department of Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance benefit and Medicaid waiver programs.
Contact Military OneSource 24/7.
You can get personalized help 365 days a year by telephone and online.
Overseas? See OCONUS calling options.
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Tips for long-distance caregiving
Caring for an older loved one from afar? Elder care consultants can help you:
- Learn about community resources: There are excellent services in most communities including visiting nurses, home-delivered meals, senior centers and specialized transportation.
- Explore your elder’s support network: Neighbors, doctors, relatives and clergy in your loved one’s location can be extremely helpful as emergency contacts and to keep you posted about any changes in health or behavior.
- Seek personal support: Joining a local caregivers support group or network informally with others who also live at a distance from their relatives will give you more peace about not being available to offer routine support or be there in an emergency.
- Visit your loved one: Phones and computers can help minimize the gap between you and your elder. However, consider making a personal visit. That provides an opportunity to assess if any changes are taking place in the elder’s ability to live independently or in their well-being under the care of others.
Resources are available to help you succeed in this role as a caretaker. Start with Military OneSource to help you determine the best plan and benefits for you and your family. Call 800-342-9647 to schedule your free elder care assistance consultation. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.