2019 Podcasts

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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