Reggie never had much trouble taking care of himself. He was a quiet, reserved veteran of the United States Army. He helped his friends and family whenever he had the opportunity. After his wife passed away in his early 70s, he seemed to withdraw even more from those friends who cared about him. His adult children started worrying about him and noticed a pattern emerging: he was no longer taking adequate care of his personal hygiene.
When a veteran or surviving spouse is having difficulty with personal care, it may point to underlying causes.
Some of the problems could be physical. Reggie could have difficulty getting out of bed or didn’t feel confident with his strength, and therefore decided it would be best to avoid taking showers daily. After a time, he may have thought, “What difference does it make? Nobody sees me anyway.”
Some of the challenges may be emotional or mental.
Depression or dementia could driving factors in whether a person takes adequate care of their physical needs. A person who is extremely depressed, withdrawn, and lonely, especially as they are getting older and facing increased physical and health challenges, may not see the point in putting in so much effort to their personal hygiene.
For Reggie, it was some of that, but also a new disability.
Reggie was having difficulty with his hearing. He didn’t want to say anything and didn’t want to visit the doctor to find out he was going deaf. So he just ‘dealt with it.’
When his adult children would call to talk to him, he just muttered, said yes or no when he felt it was needed, and try to keep things short. He knew things were changing and he was frustrated. He didn’t know what could be done.
Reggie’s income and assets were minimal. He didn’t have much of a pension and was basically living off Social Security. He had no idea there was a pension for wartime veterans like him, called the Aid and Attendance Benefit that could provide financial assistance to pay for home care services.
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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.
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