Government program, medical alarm can keep veterans independent

Bryan Aldrige

January 11, 2011

Many older adults would likely rather stay at home than move to an assisted living facility as they grow older. Veterans are no exception and a current initiative, The Veterans' Connections Community Living Program, is working to aid families who are taking care of a retired soldier, according to The New Jersey Patch.

This plan allows seniors and their caregivers to make their own decisions about the kind of help that they receive.

"The consumer will choose and manage the right combination of services and supports that will help them to remain at home," Theresa David, the director of the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans told the news source. "It puts them in charge."

A medical alarm is one device that can help veterans stay in their homes. By installing this product, families can guarantee that a senior has a way of sending a medical alert to doctors or caregivers in case of an emergency.

The Connections Community Living Program primarily acts as a supplement for families who are already taking care of veterans, providing financial and caregiving assistance. To be eligible, one has to be a veteran and at risk of being placed in a nursing home.