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Are There Home Modifications Veterans Could Benefit from as They Age?

Care for Aging Veterans: Are There Home Modifications Veterans Could Benefit from as They Age?

Veterans, like most other healthy adults, may feel invincible, at least for a while. As people get older, though, their joints ache, they begin to develop back problems, and begin to face new challenges as the years pass. While veterans may not be thinking about home care, at least not until it is absolutely necessary, there are certain modifications that can be made at home to improve safety for them, whether they are dealing with the natural process of aging or an injury or disability in life.

There are numerous home modifications that can improve safety.

For the average veteran, there may be certain pensions or other programs made available through the VA or nonprofit organizations that can assist them with various home modifications. This article is not about those financial supports and resources, but rather what modifications could be key to improving safety, comfort, and quality of life for many of these veterans.

Stair lifts.

If a person has extreme difficulty walking up and down stairs, especially if they are carrying a box, bags, or other items, that leads to an increased risk for falling. If a person is at an increased risk for falling simply by walking up and down stairs, a stair lift can provide them an alternative.

These don’t have to be used all of the time, but when the veteran doesn’t feel confident in his or her strength and balance, they can sit down and be safer as they go up or down the stairs.

Grab bars.

These are bars that may sometimes be confused with towel bars in the shower or tub surround, but they are anchored into the wall studs and provide the support a full grown adult would need to stay safe taking a shower.

These can be ideal in the shower, but they can also be assets around the toilet. A person who’s weak in the legs may have difficulty easing down onto and getting back up from the toilet. Some of these veterans could benefit from this simple home improvement.

Better lighting.

As people age, they will likely deal with some type of vision related problem by the time they are 80. When those vision related problems begin developing, it will be more difficult to see, especially in the evening and nighttime hours.

By improving lighting, it allows that veteran to see more clearly and avoid tripping hazards that might otherwise cause serious injuries.

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

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.