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Aging Veterans Care

Michael served during the Vietnam War.  He was in the Navy and stationed somewhere offshore. He spent more than four years in the Navy before finally being honorably discharged.Aging-Veterans-Care

When he was growing up, Michael had two dogs, and when he was discharged and out of service, he went back to being a dog owner. As he got older, he never went for more than a couple of months at a time without having at least one dog in his care. He absolutely loved his animals and remembers every single one he had through the years.

Now that he’s approaching 80 years of age, Michael has a dilemma. He is having difficulty with his own care, much less taking care of another living creature, dog or otherwise. He’s expressed some concerns with his immediate family, mostly his adult son, and the common answer is for him to give up the dog altogether. He doesn’t want to do that, though. He also doesn’t want his dog to be put at risk because he may be unable to properly care for it like he used to.

September is AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month and pets can be a great asset to seniors of all ages and with numerous types of physical challenges and other health issues.

Eventually, Michael came to the realization that at his age he just wasn’t capable of tending to his own care the same way he had just a few years prior. He knew that it was time to consider home care support services. He assumed, at that time, it would mean giving up his beloved dog.

He talked it over with his son and together they contacted a couple of agencies that provided home care aides and other services in the area. Michael was surprised to discover that these agencies may actually be able to provide home care aides who can also help him with tending to some other basic things in life, including light housekeeping, going shopping, and even taking care of his dog.

Mike was upfront and honest with the agency about his dog because he didn’t want any potential aid being surprised that he had an animal. This helped narrow down the choices of home care providers, but it was still a significant list of caregivers.

In this situation, even though Michael was a veteran and took great pride in being able to take care of himself, he understood his limitations and put his safety and the proper care of his beloved companion first. That’s why he called on the services of a home care aide.

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

Kyle Laramie, President

President, Founder 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 II 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 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.