2019 Podcasts

October 12, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, operator of Home Care Assistance KC, about using home care services to remain independent in your own home and age in place.  Discover how cost-effective home care is when compared to moving to a senior care community!  Then, Steve visits with David Wiley and Todd Steinbrecher, from Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about how they care for and honor veterans at the end of life.  Discover how KC Hospice goes the extra mile for veterans and their families in our community!

October 5, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Bill Hammond, elder law attorney and President of KC Elder Law, about important legal matters affecting seniors and their families.  Bill defines the difference between estate planning and elder law, discusses the importance of having the right kind of power of attorney documents, and explains the difference between a will and a trust.  Spoiler alert: your power of attorney documents may fall short, when you need them the most.  How powerful are YOUR power of attorney documents?  Don’t miss the “Myth vs. Fact” and “Consumer Alert” segments, Steve and Bill set the record straight, you will learn a lot of valuable information from this program! 

September 28, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with the good guys from Mr. Remodeler, Keith Blay and Mark Wirth, about remodeling your home to safely age in place.  Then, Steve provides back to back consumer alerts about how much the expectations in our market have changed due to the free referral services, and a warning about very aggressive sales representatives.

September 21, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Gary Doolittle, medical oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Medical Director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), and Dr. Elizabeth Wulff-Burchfield, medical oncologist and palliative care physician at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.  They discuss an innovative hospice project, “TeleHospice”, and exciting hospice research being done through KU Medical Center.  Then, Steve reviews the primary levels of care available at area Senior Care Communities, what they offer, and the average monthly costs for each level of care. 

September 14, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, operator or Home Care Assistance KC, about using homecare services when transitioning from hospital or rehab to home.  Then, Steve answers the most commonly asked question he’s received over the past 17 years…  when to consider moving from your home to a senior care community.

September 7, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Caryn Hohnholt, Vice President of Development with KCHPC.  They discuss philanthropy and the positive effect it has on the giver.  Also, learn about the upcoming major fund raiser of the year for KCHPC “Sunday Night Live” and how you can contribute!  Then, Steve explains what you should determine BEFORE searching for a senior care community and provides a Consumer Alert regarding Memory Care. 

August 31, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker shares two stories of facility staff using their phones to take videos of residents, which is a form of elder abuse.  Can you install video cameras in resident rooms to keep an eye on your loved one?  Tune in to learn the answer!  In the Myth vs. Fact segment, Steve educates listeners on who the “free” referral services REALLY work for.  Spoiler alert: they DO NOT work for the families conducting a search for senior care!  In a Consumer Alert, Steve reviews a new phenomenon that is flattening the bell-curve of facility performance and changing the traditional seasonal-demand cycle.  Steve educates listeners of Medicaid qualifications in the marketplace.  Some long term care communities that are Medicaid certified have a private pay requirement.  Tune in to learn how this could impact you!  

August 24, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with the good guys from Mr. Remodeler, Keith Blay and Mark Wirth, about remodeling your home to safely age in place.  Also, if your remodeler is asking YOU to obtain a building permit, you need to listen to the program.  Spoiler alert: YOU may be left with major liability exposure and not even realize it!  Then, Steve visits with Dane Johnson, director of Home Care Assistance KC, about using homecare services to age in place in your own home.  Find out how their value-added care managers can make a huge difference for you and your family! 

August 17, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Gary Doolittle, medical oncologist with The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Medical Director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), and Hope Krebill, executive director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance.  They discuss the MCA, its mission, and how the MCA benefits residents and medical professionals in our community.  Then, Steve discusses his work with Senior Care Consulting helping families who are searching for a Continuing Care Retirement Community and provides a Consumer Alert regarding Missouri residents applying for Medicaid eligibility in Kansas.  Steve also shares an unusual market trend that is causing waiting lists during the summer months, which is normally the lowest demand of the year for senior care communities.

August 10, 2019

Listen in to a SPECIAL EPISODE of Senior Care Live as host Steve Kuker celebrates the 17th ANNIVERSARY of his firm Senior Care Consulting!  Steve shares some insights of how and why he started the firm.  Steve shares updates on the upcoming FREE educational event and another fund raising event he will emcee.  He also explains his pro-consumer business model and compares it to that of the free referral services.  Spoiler alert: regardless of how they try to explain it, the free referral services receive giant kickbacks from the very places they recommend, this is how they make money and this is NOT in the consumer’s best interest! 

August 3, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Joel Carmer, Chaplain at KCHPC.  They discuss how hospice is about living life to the fullest with the time you have left and how KCHPC helps patients and their families find peace and joy at the end of life.  Then, Steve visits with Dane Johnson, operator of Home Care Assistance KC, about how homecare services from HCAKC can help you remain independent at home. 

July 27, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with the good guys from Mr. Remodeler, Keith Blay and Mark Wirth, about remodeling your home to safely and successfully age in place.  Then, Steve discusses the upcoming FREE educational workshop (August 14th 9am-12pm) with Judy Waechter and Rachelle Morgan. 

July 20, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Maureen Lester, Attorney with the Shepherd Elder Law Group, about the division of assets.  Steve and Maureen share the common scenario of one spouse becoming a 24/7 caregiver, then later, needing more care in a Long Term Care Community.  Maureen explains the division of assets procedure where the Community Spouse can protect some of their assets and continue to live independently at home, while the spouse requiring Long Term Care can properly qualify for Medicaid. 

July 13, 2019

Listen in to a SPECIAL EPISODE of Senior Care Live as host Steve Kuker celebrates the 6th ANNIVERSARY of the program!  Steve shares the story of how he created the program and announces the next FREE educational event and how you can register.  Then he provides a Consumer Alert regarding being a strong advocate for your elderly loved one while they are in the hospital.  The Myth vs. Fact segment sets the record straight: not all Medicare plans are the same, some fall very short when receiving skilled nursing and rehab after a hospitalization!  Finally, Steve thanks the SCL partner-sponsors and the thousands of SCL listeners.  

 

July 6, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Jesse Heilman, Music Therapist with KCHPC, about the expressive therapies offered by KCHPC including music, art, and pet therapy.  Did you know that only 1 in 3 hospice providers offer expressive therapies for their patients?  Then, Steve provides a “save the date” announcement for the next free educational event and reviews Medicaid, how to qualify, and what happens to your income when living in long term care while receiving Medicaid benefits. 

June 29, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker discusses how important it is to be an advocate for your loved one and shares the story of how he advocated for his grandmother while she was in the hospital.  Steve explains Assisted Living pricing models and Community Fees.  He also reviews Continuing Care Retirement Community entrance fee and rental models.  

June 22, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Keith Blay, owner of Mr. Remodeler, about making home modifications to safely and successfully age in place.  Then, Steve has a Consumer Alert about Assisted Living Communities.  He also explains the often misused term “memory care”. 

June 15, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Mark Squires, President of Wise Choices Financial.  They call him the “Medicare Whisperer” for a reason, tune-in to find out why!  You will learn about a recent government mistake that could cause you to lose your Medicare coverage, and what to do if this mistake affects you.  Discover some more affordable Medicare options, as Mark will discuss a little-known Medicare policy that you may want to consider.  Check out the Consumer Alert regarding new Medicare cards.  If you have not received yours yet, Mark will instruct you on what to do.  What is the best time to call Medicare and why should you work with a local Medicare broker?  This episode is ALL about Medicare, so tune in, listen, and learn!  

June 8, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, operator of Home Care Assistance Kansas City, to discuss how HCAKC provides Alzheimer’s and dementia care for people living in their own home.  Then, Steve reviews what happens to your income each month when qualified for Medicaid and he shares his recommendations on the variable parameters of Long Term Care Insurance coverage. 

June 1, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about Hospice and Palliative Care, what is included in these types of care, and the difference between the two services.  Then, Steve reviews the VA Aid and Attendance benefit that helps veterans pay for the high cost of senior care.  Steve also explains Medicaid penalties, what qualifies as a gift, and provides a Consumer Alert regarding why you may need a legal document called a Care Contract to avoid a substantial Medicaid penalty.

 

May 25, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with the good guys from Mr. Remodeler Keith Blay and Mark Wirth about remodeling your home to safely age in place.  Then, Steve visits with Vicki Campbell and Megan Willard about the upcoming “Moving Day Kansas City” event, a walk for Parkinson’s.  Steve also discusses moving to a senior care community sooner than you think you should, and recognizes Memorial Day. 

May 18, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker recognizes and celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week (formerly known as National Nursing Home Week).  Then, he conducts a comparison between the services provided by Senior Care Consulting and the free referral services.  Spoiler alert: the free services don’t fare too well in this comparison!  Steve also conducts an overview of all of the levels of care available in our market, what they provide, and an average cost-per-month breakdown.  #SeniorCare  

May 11, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, owner of Home Care Assistance Kansas City, and they compare hiring your own caregivers (trying to save a few bucks) to calling on Home Care Assistance KC to provide home care services for your elderly loved one.  Spoiler Alert: Hiring your own caregivers is usually NOT a good idea, tune-in to find out why!  Then, Steve recognizes and celebrates National Nurses Week and answers his most frequently asked question “when should we consider moving from home to a senior care community?”.  

May 4, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Lisa Farmer, Director of Grief Programs with KCHPC.  They discuss the powerful tool of “remembrance” as we grieve as individuals and as a community during times of loss.  Then, Steve visits with Judy Waechter, Clinical Liaison with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Clara Sainte with Gilda’s Club of Kansas City about the upcoming FREE educational event “Your Decisions Matter” on Wednesday May 8th from 8:30am to 12:00pm.  Seating is limited, so register today at SeniorCareLive.com or KCHospice.org! 

April 27, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with the good guys from Mr. Remodeler, Keith Blay and Mark Wirth, about making home modifications to safely age in place in your own home.  Then, Steve visits with Rodney Whittington, Tiffany Howell-Clair, and Kate McEnerney from Villa St. Francis about their upcoming fundraising event “Faith in Bloom” and how you can contribute.  Steve also announces an upcoming FREE educational event and how you can register. 

April 20, 2019

Listen in to a SPECIAL EPISODE of Senior Care Live as host Steve Kuker celebrates the 300th episode of the program!  Steve also defines the levels of care available at senior care communities in our area and what you should determine before conducting your search.  

April 13, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, owner of Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about their hospital/rehab to home program.  Learn how you can utilize homecare services to improve your recovery and regain your independence after a hospitalization or discharge from rehab to home.  Then, Steve announces an upcoming FREE educational event, what topics will be presented, and how you can attend.

April 6, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Judy Waechter, Clinical Liaison and Educator, with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.  They discuss National Healthcare Decision Day which is April 16th (emphasizing the need for a healthcare power of attorney) and provide helpful resources regarding where you can get one.  They also announce their next upcoming FREE educational event to be held on May 8th!  Three continuing education credits are available for nurses, case managers, and social workers and it is also appropriate for layperson, the family and friend caregiver. 

 

March 30, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker reviews resident rights when living in a senior care community and provides examples of several of the rights reviewed.

 

March 23, 2019

 

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with the good guys from Mr. Remodeler, Keith Blay and Mark Wirth, about remodeling your home to safely age in place.  Then, Steve shares a story of how his firm Senior Care Consulting went above and beyond to help a family in need, and answers his most frequently asked question “when should we consider moving from home to a senior care community?”.

 

March 16, 2019

March 9, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker recognizes Social Work month and provides a save-the-date announcement for the next FREE Continuing Education Event in May sponsored by Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, Senior Care Live, and Senior Care Consulting.  Then Steve reviews the levels of care available at Senior Care Communities, the average cost of each level, and explains the often-misused term “Memory Care”.

 

March 2, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Melissa Basgall, Manager of Volunteer Services, about the many benefits of volunteering and giving back to the community.  We also hear from long-time volunteer Doris Lisenby, who has been volunteering with KCHPC for 28 years!  Doris, age 89, was recently awarded the Heart of Hospice Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association.  Then, Steve visits with one of the good guys from Mr. Remodeler, Keith Blay, about remodeling your home to safely age in place.

 

February 23, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Jodi Jackson, former American Heart Association Ambassador and heart attack survivor, about signs and symptoms of heart disease in women.  Jodi’s story is amazing and the information she shares could save your life.  Then, Steve finishes his review on Medicaid and provides a Consumer Alert regarding the need for a Care Contract. 

 

February 16, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, owner of Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about how receiving home care support is like Assisted Living but in your own home with a 1 on 1 caregiver.  They also discuss the difference between 24-hour care and live-in care, and how a care manager is included with all HCAKC services.  Then, Steve reviews how to qualify for Medicaid to help pay for nursing home care.  The Senior Care Minute: Elder Law and Estate Planning 

 

February 9, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker exposes some inconsistencies with the Medicare.gov nursing home compare star-rating system and warns to not put all of your eggs in that basket when choosing a nursing home.  Steve also explains what you should determine BEFORE searching for a senior care community. #SeniorCare

 

February 2, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about the importance of self-care as a caregiver.  Then, Steve addresses the common question of when to consider moving from home to a senior care community.  #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Hospice 

 

January 26, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with the good guy from Mr. Remodeler, Keith Blay, about remodeling your home to safely age in place.  Steve introduces Dr. Brandy Archie, OTD, with AccessAble Living about their services of evaluating a home environment and installing adaptive equipment to successfully and safely age in place.  Then, Steve provides a Consumer Alert regarding reports of substandard care and offers suggestions on what to do if you find yourself in a care facility that is not providing quality care.

 

January 19, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker provides a first-hand account demonstrating the peak demand for all senior care communities.  Then, Steve reviews all of the ways you can search for a senior care community and discusses the potential issues with each. 

 

January 12, 2019

 

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, owner of Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about how using homecare services can help with your New Year’s Resolutions to provide more care for an elderly loved one or give the primary caregiver a break with homecare services.  Then, Steve shares his story of how and why he started Senior Care Consulting and how their placement services can help families in the search and selection process during this season of peak demand. 

 

January 5, 2019

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO, and Stevie Shuchart, Clinical Social Worker and EMDR Certified Therapist, from Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.  They discuss grief and bereavement and offer hope and resources for those suffering the loss of a loved one.  They also discuss a great fund raiser “Mustache Month” for February at Kansas City Hospice, raising money for the Carousel Perinatal and Pediatric Hospice program (KCHospice.org/MustacheMonth).  Then, Steve reviews how a stressed-out caregiver can maintain and recharge stamina and energy after the holidays.  

 

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