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Writing to Other Veterans May Help a Senior Feeling Lonely at Home

Care for Aging Veterans in Webster NY

Getting older can impact many aspects of daily life. It can affect a person’s emotional frame of mind. It can cause them to feel lonely and isolated. This is especially true if they no longer drive and have extreme difficulty with their mobility. For veterans, home care can be a great option, but some may not be able to afford it on their own.

That’s where the Aid in Attendance Benefit can be beneficial.

Care for Aging Veterans in Webster NY

Care for Aging Veterans in Webster NY

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension developed by the VA following World War I as a way to help soldiers returning from battle get the home care support they needed to deal with injuries sustained in combat. It has expanded through the years to provide financial assistance for veterans of all ages who qualify and require some type of home care assistance.

Home care may help with feelings of isolation and loneliness, too.

Feeling isolated and alone does not necessarily create a specific requirement for home care services. However, it can have a negative impact on quality of life. That’s why it’s important for veterans of all ages to reach out and stay connected to other people, whether it’s family, friends across the country or around the world, or other veterans or service members.

Taking up writing letters can be a great way to feel connected.

In the age of email, text messaging, and instant messaging, the art of letter writing has become a thing of the past. Yes, there are still plenty of people who send cards and write letters, but they are a dying breed.

However, the simple act of sitting down to write a letter by hand can be cathartic. It forces a person to think more carefully about what they want to say, the questions they want asked, and information they wish to share. There are groups and organizations all across the country that help connect people with one another.

Some organizations connect people who want to write letters to inmates dealing with long prison sentences. They connect people with military servicemen and servicewomen who may be stationed on the other side of the world.

Writing and receiving letters helps to boost emotions. It helps people feel connected, and that can be an incredibly important factor for aging or disabled veterans who have a tendency to spend most of their time at home alone.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Webster, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)

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