The president of one of the nation's largest home care agencies todaycalled on President Bush and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) totap into the nation's thriving home care industry in dealing with an overlystrained health care system for veterans.
"I am personally concerned about the rising veterans health care deficitin our country and the complexities our returning Iraq and Afghanistanveterans face when seeking assistance," said Leann Reynolds, president ofHomewatch CareGivers, which provides home care services at more than 130franchise locations across the U.S.
Reynolds, whose father is a veteran and founder of Homewatch CareGivers,explained that the government's utilization of the home care industry makessense for many recovering veterans, who could more quickly and easily -- andless expensively -- convalesce in their homes than in a military hospital.
The VA has come under harsh criticism for a disability claims backlog of600,000, staffing shortages at vet centers and poor conditions at Walter Reedand other medical facilities. Bush recently nominated retired Army lieutenantgeneral James Peake to direct the embattled agency.
Homewatch CareGivers franchise operators are donating thousands of hoursof free home caregiving services to disabled war vets during November.Additionally through their Veterans Outreach Program they provide freeeducation and information about qualifications for the Aid and AttendancePension.Media Contact: Dan Snyders Armada Medical Marketing 303-623-1190 x230 [email protected]
SOURCE Homewatch CareGivers