Care for Aging Veterans
It’s not always easy to try and convince an elderly loved one they might require some type of home care support. If that elderly family member is also a veteran, the challenges you face might seem even more monumental.
That’s because many veterans take a great deal of pride in not only their own independence, but their service and ability to support others. These are the men and women who may be the first to answer the call for support and assistance when a friend requires it.
When they need help themselves, though, all bets could be off. They might deny the challenges they face, not be willing to accept those challenges, or have other issues to address.
As June is Effective Communications Month, here are three ways you might be able to talk about the topic of home care support with an elderly veteran family member, friend, or somebody else you know is having certain challenges at home.
1. Gather information.
The more you know about home care support for seniors, the more you’re going to be able to address any questions or concerns they might have.
Some people have a tendency to deflect by asking questions they assume the other individual could not possibly have the answer to. If you arm yourself with plenty of information regarding home care aides, agencies, and the services they offer, you’ll be in a better position to stop those deflective tendencies.
2. Speak clearly and consistently.
If you’re trying to convince somebody to consider a home care aide, make sure you are consistent in your observations and concerns.
If there are any inconsistencies, somebody who isn’t willing to listen or doesn’t really want to hear it is going to latch onto those and keep bringing them up time and time again.
3. Listen closely.
This is arguably the most important aspect of communication. You need to be willing and able to listen to what the senior has to say with regard to their ability to care for themselves, the questions they might have about home care, and concerns they bring up.
The only way to truly listen is to give the senior time to talk. When you listen, make sure you’re giving them your undivided attention.
When you do that, you may see opportunities to hammer home the value of this type of support, with regard to staying active, being safe, and much more.
You also may realize this veteran could possibly qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which can help pay for a significant level of home care support.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring care for aging veterans, 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.