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Aging in Place Is Still Possible, Even for Those Diagnosed with Dementia

Alzheimer's Care: Aging in Place

Alzheimer’s Care: Aging in Place

More seniors today prefer to remain at home for the rest of their lives. This is commonly known as ‘aging in place.’ The general notion is that people would rather remain at home, if possible, even if they have serious health issues, physical limitations, and mobility issues, than to go somewhere like a nursing home. When somebody has been diagnosed with dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, their loved ones might be thinking about the future and that may include provisions to get them adequate support or find a place for them where they will be comfortable, safe, and well taken care of.

The right support makes all the difference.

When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, they may not feel as though they need physical support at the moment, but they might in the near future. The sooner they begin working with somebody, whether it’s a family member or home care aide, the better it’s going to be as the years progress.

A home care aide is the best option.

Make no mistake about it, family can be a wonderful support system for people of all ages, whether they are dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, recovering from a stroke or heart attack, or dealing with some other situation. However, most family members don’t have prior experience supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

A home care aide who works for an agency may very well have the experience necessary to understand the various stages of this disease, how mental stimulation can be extremely important early on, and why developing a routine as soon as possible can provide comfort in the years ahead.

What is it about a routine that is so important?

What happens if you do the same thing, basically at the same time of the day, for weeks and then months and then years on end? It becomes a habit. A habit becomes something people do without thinking about it.

When somebody has been working on developing a routine throughout their day, such as a routine in the morning, afternoon, late afternoon, and evening, and suddenly feels confused and anxious because they don’t recognize their surroundings or the people with them, if they are guided into that routine it can offer a tremendous amount of comfort.

They may not understand why it provides comfort, but it will. This is just one way proper care can truly help seniors remain where they are comfortable, even as they deal with Alzheimer’s.

If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400

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Kyle Laramie

President?Owner at Veterans Care Coordination
After working in the field of occupational therapy, as well as various marketing, sales and management roles for both private duty nursing and assisted living providers, Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As president and owner of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather. A World War ll veteran, he unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle's family simply did not know about the opportunities that were available to assist him in his golden years.

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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