Veterans, like most other people, will go through the natural process of aging. For some, it may become difficult to maintain their own basic care, to stay safe within the comfort of their home, and maintain a good quality of life. When quality of life begins to decline, it’s going to affect many other aspects of one’s well-being, safety, and other factors.
For these veterans, home care could be essential.
Relying on support may be just what an aging veteran needs to stay safe, active, and engaged in life. It could also be just the ticket to maintain a high quality of life.
Unfortunately, many veterans don’t look into it because they assume it’s too expensive.
This is true of other seniors as well. When an individual is limited on their income, such as through a pension, Social Security, disability, or retirement savings, they know exactly how much they have coming in every month and may be concerned about how long this money has to last them.
Some people incorrectly assume home care needs be hired for full-time support.
This is not true. When hired through an agency, a home care aide or other support services can be relied upon for just a couple of hours a day, maybe even just one or two days a week to start. This may be exactly what an elderly veteran needs to do certain tasks around the house, go shopping, get to a doctor’s appointment, and perform other basic tasks throughout the week.
What about for those who are strapped?
People who have no extra income, can’t seem to scrape together two extra pennies every week, let alone even contemplate hiring a home care aide, if they are considered a wartime veteran, they may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension is made available through the VA and can provide financial support to qualifying veterans.
The veteran needs to be able to prove home care is necessary at this point in his or her life, have served at least one day active duty during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress, be honorably discharged from service, and have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military (a minimum of two years if they served any time during the Gulf War).
When a veteran begins relying on professional, experienced support at home, they often pursue things they thought they had to give up, which helps them improve quality of life.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the 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.
Latest posts by Kyle Laramie, President (see all)
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- For a Veteran in Need of Home Care, it’s Never Too Early to Apply for Support - October 24, 2017