Senior Helpers Reminds Residents of New Jersey’s Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester & Ocean Counties to Honor Seniors Who Served This Veterans Day
Manchester, NJ, October 30, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN, Senior Health and Wellness expert, and Director of Nursing for Senior Helpers of Southern New Jersey, developed an 11-point checklist to honor American Veterans this Veterans Day, November 11th. According to the most recent government statistics (gathered in 2007), there are 23.6 million veterans living in the United States. Approximately 9.3 million veterans are 65 and older. And 6 million veterans have a disability.
Senior Helpers of Southern New Jersey has compiled an 11 point list can follow to honor the veterans.
The 11-Point Checklist to Honor a Veteran
In Your Town:
§ Tie a red or a yellow ribbon on your fences, front door and traffic signs to show support for veteran and active duty service members.
§ Put together an allegiance-basket filled with fruit, coffee, nuts, dark chocolate, cheese & crackers, and note cards with the American flag and donate it to your local library to give to one of its local veterans.
§ If you belong to a church or civic organization, consider visiting your local veterans’ hospital with an armful of newspapers for distribution or with a vocal group, such as a barbershop quartet. Coordination with the hospital staff would be necessary. Chatting with elderly or injured veterans is a great way to brighten their day, plus you’re likely to hear some highly fascinating stories about their time in the service.
§ If you know a veteran, suggest to your child’s teacher to commemorate the day by having a Veterans Day guest speaker to address the class and have them write an essay on the presentation. Give an article on the history of Veterans Day to the students, with a brief questionnaire such as: do you know a veteran, how many armed services are there, what should you do if you see a soldier in uniform? (Salute, shake their hand, wave hello?)
On the Job
§ Buy a Vet coffee, breakfast or lunch.
§ Write the Vet a Thank-You card with a gift card inside. Take time out of the day to acknowledge veterans in your workplace.
§ If your place of business has two or more veterans on the job, consider an office-wide break to thank these men and women.
§ If your company has a newsletter, make sure that you mention and honor the men and women who have served the country.
§ Support the veteran-owned businesses in your town.
§ Express thanks. Whenever you see someone in uniform, extend a simple word of gratitude or small act of kindness to show how much their service means to you.
On Your Own
§ Consider making a donation. They hold a 5-star rating from Guidestar as a high-quality organization.
Aid and Attendance Benefits
Aid and Attendance benefits are provided to veterans who have been honorably discharged and are looking to stay in their homes as they age. Recent studies and surveys indicate that an overwhelming majority (as much as 90%) of seniors would prefer to remain at home, independent and safe, rather than enter an assisted living facility.
The Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit
This specific government benefit is offered only to veterans and their spouses needing financial help paying for:
§ In-home care
§ An assisted living facility or
§ A nursing home
The Aid and Attendance Benefits
Available to applicants meeting certain financial criteria including service, disability and/or income.
The possible amounts available to veterans and their spouse:
§ A maximum monthly amount to veterans - $1,703
§ A maximum monthly amount to the spouse of a veteran - $1,094
§ A maximum monthly amount for a couple - $2,019
About Senior Helpers of Burlington and Ocean Counties, New Jersey
Senior Helpers, recently voted “2013 BEST In Home Care” by Home Care Pulse, offers programs available to veterans. Please call 732-657-3600 for more information. With nearly 300 franchises in 40 states, Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. Senior Helpers provides free client and home safety assessments to insure the best possible service. Senior Helpers employees are licensed, bonded, background checked, drug tested, and field supervised and trained.
About Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN
Peter Mangiola, a registered nurse, received his degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1980, and since has served in Emergency, Recovery, Cardiac Care, and Electrophysiology departments, including three years as an Oncology Director and eight years as Charge Nurse for a cardiovascular nursing unit.