You’ve been friends for years. In fact, you served in the Army together. As veterans, you understand what it means to serve and sacrifice. Perhaps your time of service was during the Vietnam War. It was a difficult period in your lives, but you both made it home safely.
Through the years, as veterans, you continued to help others. You sacrificed even more time, energy, and sometimes money to be there for those who couldn’t take care of themselves. You both raised families, enjoyed time with them and together, and pursued your own hobbies and other areas of interest.
You also understood one another well.
You know that this friend of yours has an extremely difficult time asking for help. You know he takes a great deal of pride in his ability to take care of himself and even look after others, but as you’ve both gotten older, you’ve also noticed the slowing down, the challenges just getting up and down stairs, and the slower reactions.
You’ve talked about family, friends, and even neighbors helping, but you understand home care is the best option.
At first, he flat out refused to even listen to you about home care.
This was frustrating. After all, you have both been through so many things together. You started relying on a home care aide yourself, and through an agency you were able to hire someone for just three days a week, two hours at a time, usually in the morning. The agency offered incredible flexibility you hadn’t expected, and it was a great asset.
Initially, you thought his refusal was because of pride once again. After a while, though, you started understanding the underlying issues more clearly. He didn’t have any money left over at the end of the month.
At 83, he had essentially depleted his savings and retirement accounts and was basically living on Social Security and a paltry pension from a factory job you had both worked at many years ago.
You told him about the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This was what you had applied for when it became painfully obvious you needed somebody else to help with some basic tasks around the house. He started listening to you about home care finally and when he agreed to fill out the application for the Aid in Attendance pension, you felt a bit of relief.
You’ve both gone through many things together and you’re glad he will soon be relying on home care, too.
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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.
Latest posts by Kyle Laramie (see all)
- The Stress of Looking After an Aging Parent Could Lead to Health Issues - August 22, 2018
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- How to Tell If Your Aging Parent Is Asking for Home Care Support if They’re Not Saying It - June 25, 2018