Getting Our Loved Ones Home: In-home Care for Injured U.S. Military Personnel

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in the unfortunate deaths of more than 6,000 U.S. military men and women. One cannot imagine the sadness families feel when they lose a loved one at war. Severe injury to U.S. soldiers is also a source of much emotion for family members. The injuries can range from loss of limbs to post traumatic stress disorder and many other conditions that result from engaging in battle. More than 32,000 U.S. men and women combined in both wars have suffered significant injuries.



When injuries occur and result in soldiers' dismissals from the military, most enter into Veterans Administration (V.A.) Hospitals back in the United States. Some spend weeks and months in V.A. facilities, while others can spend several years. Recovery and treatment can become endless. Plus, injured veterans may be in facilities far from home.

As the weeks, months and years pass, families endure countless hospital trips and soldiers can remain in facilities much longer than they prefer. Thankfully, there are in-home care options that have begun to take shape for our injured military men and women, providing a new option for those who can be transitioned into home care. Getting to this point is not easy, both physically and financially. However, the V.A. and its Wounded Warrior Project are now helping families make this a reality.

The organization is moving injured veterans back into their homes so they can be closer to family. They are helping organize care and outfit homes with the right equipment.

In-home care needs vary and should be customized to each injured soldier. Wounded Warriors is working with in-home care providers such as CareMinders Home Care to offer the caregiving needed from qualified nurses and staff. The caregiving also extends to family members of the injured. They too feel tremendous stress and angst about managing their time and needs of other family members, while still caring for the injured.

Thus, providers of in-home care working with the V.A., such as CareMinders, are supplying specialized services for our military men and women, but also offer support such as running errands, light housekeeping and other helpful tasks to give families the help they need to maintain a sense of normalcy. {enclose garykneller.mp3}

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