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A Page Out of the Past: How Looking Back Can Improve Safety Moving Forward

Often, when people begin looking back on their life, they see a completely different person. They may shake their head and wonder what they were thinking during different challenges in life. For example, a senior might look back on their teenage years and realize the futility of some of their thought processes, actions, and ideas. Looking back isn’t always a bad thing because it can help to improve safety for those elderly men and women who are beginning to have difficulty with their mobility.

Senior Home Safety: Looking Back to Improve Safety

Senior Home Safety: Looking Back to Improve Safety

It helps us see the difference in our physical capabilities.

Everyone changes as they get older. By the time a person reaches their 40s, they are no longer physically capable of doing the same activities in the same way that they did in their 20s. They may have the same strength, balance, and agility, but their stamina, recovery time, and possibly even their overall strength will likely diminish.

As people go through their 50s, 60s, and 70s, those changes become more pronounced and even exacerbated. That means a person in their late 70s will likely not be able to play a competitive game of basketball, even though they were still doing this in their 50s and 60s.

So how can looking back improve safety?

Far too often we, as human beings, we have a tendency to view ourselves as being far more physically capable of certain things than we actually are. It’s difficult for somebody who is 78, for example, to realize they are not physically the same as they were when they were 68. Sometimes it’s easy to assume that grabbing a chair and standing on top of it to get something down from the kitchen cabinet is no big deal.

By looking back, and by taking an honest assessment of the situation at hand, a senior will be able to see just how much they’ve changed in these years. That can provide them some valuable insight and help them realize things they did 10 or 20 years ago may no longer be safe.

When a person accepts the new reality that surrounds them, they can focus on safety more easily.

This means they might ask for help getting something down from that cabinet, instead of trying to do it all on their own. They might even begin to look into other safety improvements or options, including grab bars around the tub or shower surround, installing a stair lift, or hiring a home care aide. Sometimes, looking back can help us move forward more safely.

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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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