Human beings are social creatures. When we don’t have social interaction, it can lead to an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and other emotional challenges. As people get older, veterans included, feelings of isolation and loneliness can increase. That’s because the older we get, the more likely people we knew, friends, and even family members begin to pass away.
It can also become more difficult to get around.
The older a person is, the more challenges they may face with their physical capabilities, including their mobility, ability to drive, and even simply to get up and down stairs or outside the house.
When people are relegated to their own home, live alone, and are getting older, that risk of isolation becomes more prevalent. For veterans, it may become difficult to stay in close communication with friends, to visit with people they know, or even get to certain social functions, like parades, dinners, and more all designed to pay homage to those men and women who served in the United States military.
There are ways veterans can socially interact, even though they may be limited in their ability to get around.
One of those ways is by relying on home care support.
For veterans, home care support can be instrumental at maintaining a higher quality of life and some level of independence. Some veterans may feel that paying for a home care aide is not possible because they are limited in their income. They may be dependent on Social Security, a pension, or a disability payment from the VA, federal government, or some other aid.
If their income only covers basic living expenses, how is it feasible that they could pay for home care aide?
The Aid and Attendance Benefit could help.
This is a pension made available through the VA. It was initially developed following World War I but expanded through the years. It now provides financial support to qualifying veterans, whether they were injured or disabled during their time of service or not.
In order to qualify, they need to be considered a wartime veteran, meaning they served at least one day of active duty service during a time of official combat. If they served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty, otherwise it’s 90 days. They also need to be able to prove home care is necessary, and they need to meet a specific income to medical expense ratio.
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.