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3 Signs Your Father May Benefit from Home Care as a Veteran

Care for Aging Veterans in Rochester, NY

Care-for-Aging-VeteransYour father served during the Vietnam War and while he didn’t talk much about his service, you knew he had lost several close friends in battle. He was able to get on with his life, though, and build a good life for you and the rest of your family. Now that he’s in his 80s, you have worried about him living alone.

Your mother passed away several years ago and during that time he didn’t express much emotion. That had not been his modus operandi. He had never been one to really let his emotions show.

That has made it difficult for you and the rest your family to try and figure out what’s best for him or what he really wants when it comes to care as he gets older. You think he should consider home care and as a veteran, you see there are many benefits that he can take advantage of, including the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the VA.

If you’re trying to determine whether he would actually benefit from home care or if he should move in with you or consider some other living option, here are three signs that home care is a great topic to bring up now, rather than waiting too long.

Sign #1: Your father is calling on help more frequently.

Your father has gotten older and as a result he can’t do the things he used to enjoy as easily. Now he’s gotten into the habit of calling you and other people to help him with various things around the house. Just last week he called you to come over and help him get something down from the attic or up from the basement. This is a pretty good sign he may benefit from home care.

Sign #2: His doctor is concerned about his physical capabilities.

During his last physical examination, the doctor noted a significant decline in his physical strength. That doctor also recommended to him that he consider some type of home care aide or other support systems to help out around the house.

Sign #3: He’s worried about his own safety.

When somebody’s concerned about their own safety, it’s a pretty good sign they should rely on help in some form or another.

If you notice any of these signs with your father, it’s time to sit down and talk to him about hiring a home care aide through an agency. Being a veteran, especially somebody who served during a time of active combat, he may be eligible to receive a pension through the Aid and Attendance Benefit program. That can help pay for a significant portion, if not all, of the home care he requires.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Rochester, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)

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