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What Do Home Care Aides Want Aging Veterans to Understand?

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VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit: What Do Home Care Aides Want Aging Veterans to Understand?

Home care aides provide an invaluable resource and support for veterans of all ages. When a veteran has a need for assistance with their basic care, either through an injury, disability or the natural process of aging, they may rely on friends or family at first, but the longer they require assistance the more they begin to realize the benefits to depending on experienced caregivers.

For those veterans who may have difficulty with their own basic care at home but are resisting the idea of hiring a home care aide, below are three things that experienced caregivers want these veterans, regardless of their age, to understand.

Support matters.

Having support can make a world of difference in not just keeping people safe, but helping them enjoy life as much as possible. For the most experienced and compassionate home care providers, quality of life for their elderly or disabled clients is one of their top priorities.

They have seen the struggles that many people deal with on a daily basis. They have also seen how people can miss out on wonderful opportunities in life simply because they underestimate how valuable support is going to be.

They may qualify for financial assistance.

Not all veterans will, but some could certainly qualify for financial assistance that can be used to pay for home care support. Through the VA, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is one of the most prominent pension programs designed to help veterans who need home care assistance.

In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of service needs to have overlapped a formal time of combat, as defined by Congress. This would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty.

Veterans also need to have been honorably discharged from service and be able to prove home care support is necessary. They also need to meet income and asset threshold limits.

 

If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for a veteran and have the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, 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.