Aging Veterans Care
Home care can be an essential topic to discuss with any senior, including elderly veterans. Some veterans may have a difficult time accepting outside assistance and may feel more inclined to keep pushing through the challenges they face, mostly because it’s what they did when they first enlisted.
Going through boot camp is extremely challenging for everyone and few veterans who actually make it through do so unchanged. The changes are usually for the better, and while that’s great, when they reach a certain age and start having physical challenges and less strength that leads to balance related issues, it can also make it more difficult for them to accept assistance, especially from a stranger.
A home care aide can be a valuable asset.
These caregivers, especially those experienced with providing support to seniors, can offer encouragement, companionship, and have conversations with those seniors who live alone and don’t have a lot of company visiting throughout the week.
Here are three important things to consider regarding home care and why even elderly veterans should consider it when they have increasing difficulty tending to their own basic care.
1. It may be essential.
Just because somebody doesn’t want to consider assistance doesn’t mean they’re able to manage their basic care safely on their own. The veteran needs to be open and honest about his or her own physical capabilities at that time.
It may only be temporary, such as following a hospitalization due to a heart attack, stroke, or even major surgery. It might be more long-term, too. Whatever the case may be, the sooner the elderly veteran accepts his limitations, the sooner he’ll realize a home care aide may actually be necessary.
2. It can improve safety.
Having another person in the house with the elderly veteran can actually improve his safety. He can lean on this person, ask for help getting into and out of bed, getting up from the couch, or even to change a lightbulb or check the smoke detector.
That improvement in safety is often a top reason people consider home care in the first place.
3. The right kind can inspire.
When an elderly veteran begins relying on an aide, an experienced caregiver, that individual is going to offer encouragement for him to pursue certain activities he used to enjoy. Maintaining a high quality of life is important for everyone, regardless of age, and home care support can help elderly veterans and other seniors do just that.
For those veterans who might assume they can’t afford it, the Aid and Attendance Benefit may very well provide the financial assistance necessary to pay for home care support.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring aging veterans care, 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 the 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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