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When Dad’s Alone – Why Home Care Offers More Than Just Companionship for Aging Veterans

VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

Your father has been living alone for more than eight years. In the beginning, after your mother had passed away, he was spending a lot of time with his friends. Most of his friends were also fellow VA-Aid-and-Attendance-Pension-Benefitservice members and he formed strong bonds with them through the years.

After a couple of years they all began dealing with their own health issues. Some moved away, some passed away, and some reached a point when they can no longer get out and about safely. They relied on their family and friends for support, but your father is basically alone in his region of the country. You and everyone else in your family live somewhere else. It’s just not practical for you to offer the kind of support he needs.

At first, you might have talked to him about home care assistance, but he wasn’t ready for it. He didn’t see the need to have somebody stopping by his house daily because he was still able to get out of bed, take a shower, go to the bathroom, take the garbage out, cook for himself, and keep up with his home, for the most part.

He wasn’t interested in companionship, at least not paying for it. He figured at that time a home care aide would be offering little more than companionship.

Now, though, things are different. Not only is your father expressing loneliness, it sounds as though he’s becoming more depressed and feeling isolated when you talk to him on the phone.

He is still able to do many things without assistance, but you wonder just how much he has slowed down physically.

Home care is more than just companionship.

Yes, home care aides can offer companionship, but they offer physical support and assistance to those elderly clients who need it. That physical support can allow them the opportunity to stay safe, pursue certain activities that are of interest to them, and enjoy a higher quality of life.

At this point in his life, your father may very well benefit from a home care aide or a series of caregivers, depending on his specific needs. He can hire a home care aide for just a couple of hours one day a week to start. That could introduce him to a world of options he never considered before. If he’s concerned about affordability, he should look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which could help pay for home care support to qualifying veterans.

If you or a loved one are considering the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, 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.