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Fourth of July, PTSD, and Proper Care for Aging Veterans at Home

VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

The Fourth of July is a time when Americans celebrate independence. For veterans of all ages, it’s time to spend with family, celebrate freedom, and to be honored for the sacrifices they made in VA-Aid-and-Attendance-Pension-Benefitdefense of freedom through the years. For elderly veterans living at home, having proper care is essential, no matter what time of the year it is, but during Fourth of July celebrations, if they have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those fireworks and other noises can be extremely difficult to handle.

Any veteran who saw combat or who had any type of extreme stress during their time of service or at any time in their life may be prone to anxiety and increased stress from loud noises, such as fireworks.

Even the smallest fireworks, those seemingly innocuous ones like Roman candles or ‘jumping jacks’, even though they don’t make a lot of noise, can make whistling sounds, small pops, and the colors and flashes that come out of them can cause anxiety for somebody who is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

What can be done to help these elderly veterans?

If the veteran relies on home care, it may be a good idea to have a home care aide there with him during the evening hours in and around the Fourth of July. Some people set off fireworks weeks before the Fourth of July celebration, but the most common time for them happens to be on July 4th itself.

In those days leading up to the Fourth of July and days afterward, a home care aide can sit with the veteran at home, make sure the windows and doors are closed with the air conditioning on if it’s too warm outside, and this will help dampen the noise from those fireworks outside.

The aide can also encourage the elderly veteran to watch a movie or television program that he or she enjoys. By watching a movie or television show, the veteran would be distracted by what’s going on outside and, instead, focus on the program they enjoy.

It may also be a good idea to close the curtains and blinds and keep the home as private as possible. If the elderly veteran is frightened by a loud bang from fireworks outside close by, it’s best to be soothing, calming, and offer a comfortable environment.

If medical assistance may be needed, the person with the elderly veteran should not wait to call for that type of support. June is PTSD Awareness Month and even into July it may be necessary to pay attention to the symptoms and conditions, especially when fireworks are prevalent.

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.