2020 Podcasts

October 17, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Ben Souchek with Home Downsizing Solutions about working with people who are moving to a senior care community and needing to sell their house quickly.  They discuss some of the major benefits of selling a house “as is” rather than making major repairs and upgrades to list the house on the traditional real estate market.  Steve has a “Senior Care In The News” report about a stunning reversal from the World Health Organization.  Then, Steve addresses the question “What are some of the roadblocks or challenges typically faced by those weighing their senior housing options”?

October 10, 2020

Listen in to Senior Care Live!  Many families are considering moving their elderly loved one to a senior care community.  But, they are hesitating because they have major concerns regarding Covid-19.  Host Steve Kuker discusses some options and alternatives to stay home safely until you are ready to move to a senior care community.  

October 3, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.  David shares his journey from family member of a patient with KC Hospice, to volunteer, to Board member, to staff, to President and CEO for the past four years.  David also explains how someone inspired by the work of KC Hospice can give back, including participating in their premier annual fund raising event “Sunday Night Live” October 11th at 6pm.  This year at the event, we will recognize the 40th anniversary of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care!  Then Steve reviews Memory Care and explains the different levels of care where memory care is offered.

September 26, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker weaves an intimate story of how a daughter quit her job to provide care for her mother, only to find out there are a couple of major issues they were not aware of and not prepared for.  Steve uncovers these issues and explains how to address both.  Then, Steve reviews hiring a homecare company vs. hiring an individual to provide care, offers a FREE home care screening tool, and explains the liability of hiring an individual to care for your loved one.  Steve also discusses when to consider moving from home to a senior care community.  

September 19, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Ben Souchek from Home Downsizing Solutions about their services.  Home Downsizing Solutions will purchase your home as-is with no fees, no commissions, you won’t have to upgrade or make home repairs, and you can close on the date that works best for you!  Then Steve provides a Senior Care In The News report about an exciting new potential treatment for CV19 and a Consumer Alert educating listeners about who really pays for the “free” referral services.  

September 12, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker will review Long Term Care Insurance and provide recommendations on several key elements of this specialized and valuable insurance coverage.  Then, Steve explains what a Continuing Care Retirement Community is and discusses entrance fee vs. rental models.  

September 5, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Leslie McGrew Kauffman, Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs with KCHPC.  Steve asks the important questions, “are all hospices the same and what does ‘quality’ mean from a family’s perspective?”.  Leslie discusses how hospice has changed since the origins of the service as a Medicare benefit and how social changes have impacted hospice care.  Then, Steve reviews how the VA Aid and Attendance benefit helps veterans and their surviving spouses pay for the high cost of senior care.  

August 29, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Bill Hammond, President and Founder of KC Elder Law.  They discuss the difference between Estate Planning and Elder Law, explain Power of Attorney documents, and review the difference between a Will and a Trust.  They also set the record straight with Myth vs. Fact and provide a Consumer Alert!  Bill discusses some Medicaid planning and asset protections strategies that could help you and your family.  Don’t miss this important episode of Senior Care Live!  

August 22, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker encourages listeners to be proactive when choosing a senior care community versus reacting to a crisis and choosing the first or possibly the only place available.  Then, Steve defines “memory care” and illustrates how the term is being misused in the market place.  Check out the “Senior Care In The News” report, Steve explains why it’s SO important to fund convalescent plasma studies and any other efforts that may help us beat Covid-19.  Steve also reviews his most frequently asked question: “When should we consider moving from home to a senior care community”.  

August 15, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Ben Souchek from Home Downsizing Solutions about the services they offer.  Home Downsizing Solutions will purchase your home with no fees, no commissions, you will put more cash in your pocket, and close on the date that works best for you!  Then, Steve has a Senior Care In The News report about Missouri Medicaid expansion and explains why that’s important to Missouri seniors.  

August 8, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker recognizes and celebrates the 18th anniversary of his firm Senior Care Consulting!  Steve shares the story of how he began Senior Care Consulting, has a “Myth vs. Fact” feature involving “free” referral services, shares a Senior Care News report regarding an accurate blood test for Alzheimer’s, and discusses what you should know BEFORE searching for a senior care community.  

August 1, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Caryn Hohnholt, Vice President of Development with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Mary Zahner Bauer, Director of Donor Relations with KCHPC.  They discuss their roles in the organization and personal experiences as well as some positive things that have come from the pandemic.  They also discuss the need for estate planning and highlight some of the most important legal documents everyone should have.  Then, Steve provides a Senior Care In the News report and reviews the cost of all levels of senior care.  

July 25, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker discusses the misuse of the term “Memory Care” and answers the question “are you a caregiver?”.  Then Steve provides a Senior Care In The News report, informs listeners of when to consider moving from home to a senior care community, and explains how to maximize care at any senior care community you choose.

July 18, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Roy Jensen, Director of the KU Cancer Center and the CEO of the Masonic Cancer Alliance, and Dr. Gary Doolittle, Medical Oncologist with the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Medical Director of the Masonic Cancer Alliance.  They discuss KU Cancer Center’s National Cancer Institute designation, their quest to attain the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute, and the role the Masonic Cancer Alliance plays in that quest.  Then, Steve provides a “Senior Care In The News” report and a Consumer Alert.  

July 11, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Kristy Whitney, Head of Operations at Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about their new program “Beyond Care”.  The new program offers an even higher level of service and assistance, in addition to home care support, for those wanting to age in place in their own home.  Then, Steve provides a “Senior Care In The News” report and discusses Covid-19 restrictions regarding new resident admissions into Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Long Term Care.  

July 4, 2020

Listen in to a SPECIAL EPISODE of Senior Care Live as host Steve Kuker celebrates the 7th Anniversary of the program!  Steve visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Joel Carmer, Chaplain with KCHPC.  Joel discusses his role and how he works with patients and their families to provide comfort, counseling, and spiritual guidance.  David discusses the new Story Boutique, the wonderful merchandise available, how the community can get involved, and the opening day of July 6th!  Steve shares a news update answering the question “what happens to your $1,200 stimulus check if you live in a nursing home and are receiving Medicaid benefits?”.  Steve reviews the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit and concludes the program with many thanks to everyone who makes the program possible! 

June 27, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker continues his overview of Medicaid and explains how it works with the Assisted Living level of care (spoiler alert: it doesn’t work too well).  Then, Steve provides a news update from the CDC regarding CV19 testing in senior care communities.  Steve shares and answers a listener’s question about free referral services, and concludes the program with other important information that you will find interesting and need to know! 

June 20, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Jennifer Klemp, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Oncology at the University of Kansas Caner Center, and Dr. Nikki Nollen, Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  In recognition of Cancer Survivor’s Month, they will discuss cancer survivorship and risk assessment.  Then, Steve reviews Medicaid, how to qualify, defines the “spend down”, and explains what happens to your monthly income when receiving care in a long term care community.

June 13, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Kristy Whitney, Head of Operations at Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about the importance of having a healthy mind, body, and spirit as we age.  Then, Steve provides a Consumer Alert regarding admissions into senior care communities and discusses alternatives if you can’t get into your chosen facility at this time.  Even if a community is accepting new residents, they still may not admit a resident with cognitive impairment during this time of CV19, Steve explains why. 

June 6, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about the world around us, the pandemic and protests.  They also discuss diversity and how the model of hospice is inclusive.  Then, Steve reviews how to pay for senior care, specifically Medicare and Long Term Care Insurance.  Spoiler alert: Medicare does NOT pay for long term care, but LTC Insurance does. 

May 30, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker provides a Consumer Alert defending senior care communities and the work they do to keep residents safe, providing some balance to recent negative news stories.  Then, Steve answers the common question of when to consider moving from home to a senior care community.  Steve also informs listeners of what they need to know before beginning their search.  

May 23, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Judy Waechter, RN and Regional Director of Business Development with Good Shepherd Hospice, about being prepared in the time of Covid-19.  Specifically, they discuss having an Advance Directive, which is the combination of a living will and power of attorney for healthcare.  They define both documents and share information on accessible resources regarding how to get your Advance Directive started. 

May 16, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Jim Coulter, Director of Clinical Trials at the Masonic Cancer Alliance, and Darlene Timmerman, Clinical Research Nurse at Olathe Health Cancer Center, about National Cancer Research Month, clinical trials, and more!  Then, Steve reviews the many reasons why someone may want (or need) to move from one senior care community to another and explains specifically how that works when qualified for Medicaid.  

May 9, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Kristy Whitney, Head of Operations at Home Care Assistance Kansas City, about the many faces of Ageism.  Then, Steve thanks nurses for all of the excellent work they do and recognizes National Nurse’s Week.  Steve also shares a personal story about how he fell in love with serving seniors while working a part-time job in college. 

May 2, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about some of today’s challenges faced by caregivers and patients and how we can come together as a community to support each other and ensure our most vulnerable don’t go unnoticed.  They also discuss an upcoming event called “The Circle of Lights”, a beautiful and powerful ceremony to remember loved ones who have passed.  Then, Steve reviews a concept called Culture Change and Person Centered Care, providing examples of what that means and how some organizations are implementing this major change in approach much better than others.  

April 25, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Bill Hammond, Founder of KC Elder Law, about a special upcoming online event, informs listeners why they may need a “care contract”, and explains how to not lose all of your money to the high cost of senior care.  Then, Steve provides a Consumer Alert regarding “free” referral services.  Spoiler alert: they are NOT free!  You will learn about their business model and how they work, who they actually work for, and discover several glaring issues and shortfalls in their process.

April 18, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Sara Douglas, PIVOT program manager with the University of Kansas Cancer Center, and Broderick Crawford, Executive Director of the NBC Community Development Corporation, to discuss the PIVOT program and the importance of patient research advocacy.  And, as you will notice, we are practicing the ultimate in social distancing!  Then, Steve provides a Consumer Alert regarding some new assisted living issues you should be aware of, and how to avoid them altogether. 

April 11, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Kristy Whitney, Head of Operations at Home Care Assistance KC, about the therapeutic benefits of a good night’s sleep.  Then, Steve talks to Peter Newman, CPA and Host of the radio program “Money Line with Peter Newman”, about the new stimulus program called the CARES Act.  Peter informs listeners about how much money they can expect and how the payments will be received as well as many other aspects of the bill.  He also discusses the new tax-filing deadline, and much more.  This is information you will want to hear!  

April 4, 2020

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about COVID-19 as well as the new and innovative ways KC Hospice continues to deliver uncompromised care during these unprecedented times.  Then, Steve warns listeners about several new COVID-19 related scams emerging in the marketplace.  

March 28, 2020

Listen in to a SPECIAL EDITION of Senior Care Live where we recognize and celebrate the 350th episode of the program!  Host Steve Kuker visits with Mark Groves, Regional Production Manager with Entercom Kansas City, and Craig Cheney, Executive Pastor with Heartland Community Church.  Steve and Mark discuss becoming creative and continuing to deliver Senior Care Live to their audience of thousands of listeners each and every week.  Then, Craig shares a message of Hope.  This is one of the most powerful episodes we have ever produced.  Just the right message at just the right time!

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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