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October 2, 2018

Aging Veterans Shouldn’t Feel Forgotten

For a number of years in the 70’s and 80’s, veterans may have felt ‘forgotten.’  The Vietnam War was highly unpopular throughout the United States and the dissatisfaction and even anger people felt about that conflict, the things they witnessed on news programs, and even the stories that were spread around caused resentment and even anger that was directed at veterans. Today, the environment is completely different, but there may be times when aging veterans feel forgotten, especially when they need support and care at home.

This doesn’t mean they are necessarily forgotten, but sometimes it can feel that way.

If an aging veteran is suddenly struggling to take care of himself, has difficulty climbing out of bed, getting dressed, or taking a shower, he may not feel there are options other than calling a close family member or friend who lives in the area.

This might be an uncomfortable situation for an aging veteran, for example, to call his adult daughter. It wouldn’t matter if she’s in her 50’s or he calls a close friend; an uncomfortable situation could potentially arise. If that veteran doesn’t feel he or she has support when needed, especially for basic tasks of everyday life, it can cause him to feel neglected, forgotten, or abandoned.

Relying on home care services can be an asset.

A home care services aide is a valuable asset for any aging or disabled individual, veteran or otherwise, but some people may be limited in their income or assets. If a veteran served any time during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War, if they are under 65 and completely disabled or 65 and over and a doctor has recommended home care support services, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be an asset.

This pension was developed at the end of World War I, initially as a way to help soldiers who had been injured or disabled during combat get the care they needed at home, but it expanded to provide financial assistance to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during service or not.

For those who qualify, it can provide about $2,000 or more (or less, depending on situation, their assets and income, and other factors) that can help pay for necessary home care support services. For any aging veteran who has difficulty at home, this pension could be the answer they need to get the care required in the comfort of their own house or apartment.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Elgin 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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