2020 Podcasts

March 21, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Allen Greiner, professor in and vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and Angela Williams, Community Health Educator for the Masonic Cancer Alliance, about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  In the 3rd segment, Dr. Greiner answers important questions about COVID-19.  Steve also informs his audience that Senior Care Consulting has modified their business process to help families searching for a Senior Care Community, even during the current crisis and care facility restrictions.  The information provided by Senior Care Consulting is more important NOW than ever before!

March 14, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Kristy Whitney, Head of Operations with Home Care Assistance KC, about the many types and stages of dementia.  Then, Steve has a Consumer Alert about COVID-19.  Also, don’t miss the Myth vs. Fact segment, Steve discusses how to save six figures when searching for a particular type of senior care community. 

March 7, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Mary Zahner Bauer, Director of Donor Relations with KCHPC.  They discuss the importance of traditions for families facing the end of life and how to carry on the memory of a loved one, through those traditions or with new traditions, after they have passed away.  Then, Steve reveals a limitation of a particular Medicare plan and explains how to resolve that issue.  Steve also provides a quick recap of Medicaid and how it works when requiring care at the long term care level of care. 

February 29, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker defines the assisted living level of care, exposes “the sales pitch”, reviews the many reasons you could be discharged from assisted living, and informs you of how to avoid a discharge-situation altogether.

February 22, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker answers the most frequently asked question he’s had over the past 17 years, “when to consider moving from home to a senior care community”.  Then, Steve informs listeners of what to determine before ever beginning their search and reviews the primary levels of care and their associated monthly costs.  And, a Consumer Alert with another Assisted Living fail.

February 15, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Hamilton-Reeves, co-director of the Nutrition Shared Resource at the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Dr. Befort, Director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.  They have a very interesting and informative discussion regarding cancer and nutrition.  Then, Steve visits with Mark Squires, “The Medicare Whisperer” with Wise Choices Financial, and shares Steve’s mother’s experience when visiting Mark to make changes in her Medicare coverage.  Spoiler alert: you won’t believe how much money she saved per month!  Mark also shares information regarding a major change in Medicare that took place on January 1st!

February 8, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Kristy Whitney, head of operations for Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about The Power of Positive Thinking.  Then, Steve provides a Consumer Alert regarding yet another free referral service fail.  Steve concludes the program with the Cost of Senior Care, providing the average cost for all levels of senior care including homecare services.  

February 1, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Mr. David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about American Heart Month, options for people dealing with distressing symptoms of advanced heart disease, and how hospice and palliative care can fit into the care of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases.  Then, Steve has a Consumer Alert regarding using Google to search for a senior care community.  Steve also demonstrates why using a public-ratings and ranking site to base your decisions on is NOT a good idea. 

January 25, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker reviews the important subject of “how to pay for the high cost of senior care” including private pay, Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance, and the VA Aid and Attendance benefit!

January 18, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Barbara Pahud, Director of Infectious Diseases Research at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and Hope Krebill, Executive Director of the Masonic Cancer Alliance, about the human papillomavirus (HPV).  Learn about the staggering statistics related to HPV, how effective the HPV vaccine is, and the work being done to help prevent HPV.  Then, Steve has a Consumer Alert regarding a senior scam and what you can do to avoid this scam.  Steve also answers a listener’s email/question on air.

January 11, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dane Johnson, Director of Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about home care services and how the phrase “you get what you pay for” truly applies when searching for a home care provider!  Continuing the “you get what you pay for” theme, Steve compares the comprehensive placement services offered by his firm Senior Care Consulting to those offered by the “free” referral services.  Spoiler alert: they are not comparable in any way!  You will be shocked when you understand exactly how the free referral services actually work.  Again, you get what you pay for!

January 4, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Lisa Farmer and Susan Wurtenberger from Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.  They discuss the many support programs offered by KCHPC for those grieving the loss of a loved one.  Then, Steve discusses 2 major mistakes many people make when choosing a senior care community, and what you can do if you determine you chose the wrong place.

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