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July 13, 2016

Honoring a Veteran on Military Holidays

Elderly Care Oak Park IL

Elderly Care Oak Park IL

Every senior is an individual with specific needs, likes, dislikes, and challenges that influence the care that you give them. If you are a caregiver for a senior who is also a war veteran, however, you will face further challenges that require a special approach to manage them effectively. This can be especially true on military holidays when they must face reminders of the time that they spent serving. Taking the time to honor your aging veteran on these holidays is a meaningful way for you to show your respect and your thanks for everything that they did, and to help the to cope in a way that is right for them.

July 27 is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. Even if your aging parent was not involved with this specific war, this day is the perfect opportunity for you to come up with ways that you can help your parent cope and to honor them on other military holidays. Some of these ways may include:

  • Dressing them up. Many veterans find great value in outward expressions of their military status. Help them to find clothing, accessories, or other wearables that show that they are a veteran and even detail where and when they served. This is a way for the to show their pride to whoever goes past as well as to be a representative to all of the others who served with them but who may no longer be living.
  • Find an event. Most military holidays bring with them events and gatherings at military bases, war memorials, and other locations. These events seek to both honor those who served and remember those who were lost. Attending one of these events can be both celebratory and moving for your aging parent and for you.
  • Visit a memorial. Even if there is not a specific event going on, if there is a memorial to the war or conflict in which your parent was involved nearby, make a plan to visit it with your senior. Allow them to spend some quality time at the memorial thinking about their time in the service and everything that they experienced. Encourage them to share their memories and to express their emotions throughout the visit. This can be an extremely impactful experience for you and for your children as well. Be sure to chronicle your visit with pictures that you can look back on in years to come when telling future generations about the experience.

An elderly care provider can be a tremendous resource for your aging veteran parent and for you as they age in place. This elderly home care services provider can offer personalized care, support, encouragement, and assistance tailored to your loved one’s individual needs and personality so that they can get the most out of their later years. For them this means that they can stay more active and engaged in the world around them. For you it means that you can have peace of mind knowing that your parent is safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy even when you are not able to be with them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home Elderly Care Services in Oak Park IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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