It’s not like Aaron was the type of man who would sit around and do nothing all day. He had always been a highly active, strong, independent individual. He was there for his children when they were growing up, managed to start over after a difficult divorce, and even though he never remarried, he was loyal to his friends and family to a fault.
He would basically sacrifice everything if needed to support his loved ones.
So, as he continued moving through his 70s and into his 80s, he recognized the changes in his body. There were things he could no longer do that he once took for granted. He had to step back, give up gardening and turn the responsibility of mowing the grass and taking care of the lawn over to somebody else, and that was difficult enough.
Before long, he spent more of his time sitting in his living room watching TV.
This was not the kind of life Aaron was used to. He didn’t like any part of it, but he also felt powerless to do anything. He knew he was unsteady on his feet. He knew how his body had changed. He accepted this new reality, even though he didn’t like it.
His family was also encouraging him to ‘take it easy’ and try not to overdo things. That basically meant, at least to him, to avoid going out to the park, walking around the neighborhood, and even going up and down the stairs into the attic to look at various things or organizes boxes and possessions.
Aaron didn’t realize home care was a great option.
Eventually he did, but for a long time he didn’t think much about home care aides. He assumed he couldn’t afford it, but having served a couple of months at the tail end of the Korean War, he qualified (at least based on his time in service) for a pension called the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
He looked into it and because of his limited income and assets, a specific need for home care support, and his time in service, he believed he would qualify. He applied and after several months was approved and began relying on a home care aide.
Suddenly, he was able to take it easy and relax, but also stay active. He began doing certain activities he enjoyed, including going for walks around the block and down to the local park. It improved his quality of life tremendously.
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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.
Latest posts by Kyle Laramie, President (see all)
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- It’s Not Easy to Relax When Aging Veterans Have Difficulties at Home - August 23, 2017