Care for Aging Veterans
There are plenty of reasons why someone may need a home care aide. For veterans, it may be difficult for some to admit they have physical limitations or other challenges that make it difficult for them to stay safe and comfortable in their own home.
It’s no different than it is for many other individuals who face this situation. The vast majority of clients rely on home care assistance are elderly or disabled adults. There might be a number of reasons why a home care aide is absolutely necessary, including these five that some veterans have already dealt with.
Reason #1: Mobility issues.
If a veteran has difficulty getting around without assistance, it can tax their family members tremendously. If their family is not in the area, they don’t have physical support from friends or neighbors, it may be almost impossible to live on their own.
With the support of a home care aide, they may be able to get back to some semblance of normalcy and help to better take care of themselves daily.
Reason #2: Age.
As people get older, their physical abilities diminish. The loss of muscle mass each and every year usually leads to more and more balance related problems, especially as a person goes through their 70s and 80s. This is exacerbated if they are dealing with certain health issues, including recovering from heart attack, stroke, or major surgery.
Reason #3: Recovery.
If a veteran was injured or underwent major surgery, he or she is going to face a potentially lengthy recovery process. When they’re going through recovery, they’re going to need physical and emotional support.
A home care aide who has a great deal of experience with this (working with other clients) can be a powerful motivator.
Reason #4: No family support.
If the veteran has no family or friends in the area, how are they going to get the support they need? That’s where a home care aide comes into play.
Reason #5: Loneliness.
A veteran may feel lonely and isolated, especially if they don’t have any family members or friends still living in the area. Loneliness is a reason to rely on a home care aide, but the veteran would have to pay for this type of home care support on their own without any type of financial assistance through the VA.
For a veteran who may need home care and they can prove why it’s necessary, they might look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit if they don’t have the financial resources to pay for that level of care and support at home.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring care for an aging veteran, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-777-4693
Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
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