Stephen was 58 when he had a relatively mild stroke. Even though it was considered ‘mild’ by his doctors, there was no escaping reality: his life had changed dramatically already.
Stephen was having difficulty moving around on his own. His doctor expected him to recover with intensive physical therapy, but it was going to be a long, slow process. As a veteran, he understood the importance of discipline and was determined to do what was necessary to recover.
His doctor recommended a home care aide.
Before he was discharged from the Veterans Hospital and sent home, his doctor told him to get a strong support system waiting for him. He didn’t have family or friends in the area. He had moved to this region relatively recently, after a divorce, and being alone was suddenly a bit unsettling.
His doctor recommended a home care aide or even a series of caregivers, but that notion was almost laughable to him. He could barely rub two pennies together these days, so how would he even think about paying for a home care provider?
He found out about the Aid and Attendance Benefit, made available through the VA. Since he served during a time of official combat, since he could prove home care was necessary, and since he barely had enough money to make ends meet at home, he felt he could qualify for it.
He just wasn’t sure if applying for it was the right course of action now.
What if he recovered fully? What if only a couple of months of support was needed? Would he still be eligible to receive financial support for home care services in a few years if it became necessary again?
Many of these questions can easily be answered through the VA and their information page on their website, but one thing every veteran should be admonished to do is fill out the Aid and Attendance Benefit as soon as they realize a specific need for home care support. It could take months to be approved, but in the meantime, that senior could still be getting home care support services because the VA offers reimbursement while the application is pending.
Stephen eventually applied and started leaning on home care support while his application was pending. He was denied at first and was a bit perplexed. Upon following up, the ruling was overturned and he truly became stronger as a result of the home care support he received.
If you or a loved one are considering assistance with aging veterans care, 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.