Elderly veterans often have concerns, fears, and worries that those who have never served can understand. Their friends and family may certainly empathize with some of the challenges they face, but they may not appreciate the thought process or how some aging veterans view the prospect of relying on help when they get older.
Asking for assistance may not be easy.
Many individuals will consider themselves to be fiercely independent in life. They like the fact they can take care of themselves and even go so far as to look after the family, raising children, and even helping friends and neighbors during difficult circumstances in their respective lives.
When these men and women get older, they will slow down. Age will affect everyone, regardless of how well they take care of themselves, how well they eat, how much exercise they take part in daily, and so on. Furthermore, at some point in time, an aging veteran might reach a point when he or she has to call on a spouse, friend, neighbor, adult child, or somebody else they know for assistance.
At first, it might be for something minor, but the need for help will likely grow.
At this point in his or her life, an elderly veteran might benefit from a home care aide, even a visiting nurse, often referred to as a home health care provider. Sometimes the veteran may have difficulty accepting assistance or they might only turn to family and friends for consistent help. Of course, if they have a strong family and friend support network to lean on, that’s great, but most people only have one or two, if any at all, upon whom they can call.
A home care aide is another great asset. However, what about those veterans who don’t see it as an option, financially speaking? Should they be considered a ‘wartime veteran,’ they might be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit which can provide financial assistance to assist with home care service costs.
If the main reason for not reaching out and accepting home care services is not being able to afford it, look into the Aid and Attendance pension programs to find out if he or she would be eligible.
If you or a loved one is needing assistance with Aging Veterans Care, please contact the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
Call today: 1-855-380-4400
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.