2021 Senior Care Live Podcasts

April 3, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and Lane Foster, Volunteer Coordinator with KCHPC.  Steve and David discuss National Healthcare Decisions Day and why it’s so important, providing critical resources for families and individuals.  Lane explains Medicare-related hospice volunteer requirements and how Kansas City Hospice got creative and was able to exceed those requirements last year, even during a pandemic!  Then, David explains the importance of National Minority Health Month and the steps KCHPC has taken to become a more diverse and inclusive organization.  Steve recognizes National Doctor’s Day, shares a Giggle of the Week, and has a Consumer Alert!  

March 27, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker shares a heart-felt thank you to Social Workers and recognizes National Social Work Month.  Then, Steve provides his thoughts on when to consider moving from home to a senior care community.  This is the most commonly asked question Steve has had since starting Senior Care Consulting in 2002.  

March 20, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Ben Souchek from Home Downsizing Solutions.  With Spring here, now is the time to consider selling your house as is, with the convenience of walking away and not having to update or repair the house.  Many people are now moving to a senior care community and wanting to sell their house quickly.  With Home Downsizing Solutions, you can even stay in your house after closing, while waiting for your space to become available, easing the stress of the timing of the sale and move.  Steve provides a Senior Care in The News report with a vaccine and CMS update.  Don’t miss the new Senior Care Live Giggle of the Week!  And, Steve answers the question “Do I have to sign over my house to the nursing home when qualifying for Medicaid?”

March 13, 2021

Listen in to a SPECIAL 400th EPISODE of Senior Care Live as host Steve Kuker shares a story about the importance of getting a “second opinion” and explains how Senior Care Consulting has changed in the last year due to the pandemic.  Check out the Senior Care In The News Report with an update regarding new guidelines from the CDC, and Steve concludes the program with a heart-felt THANK YOU to the unsung heroes of the pandemic.  

March 6, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about the basics of hospice and palliative care, the difference between both types of care, and how they are different from other available care.  David also reviews how to find a good hospice provider and explains the important role of the hospice physician.  Steve provides Covid-19 vaccine resource information and reviews a special type of senior care community called a CCRC or Continuing Care Retirement Community.  

February 27, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker starts off with a Senior Care In the News report about a local physician who is largely responsible for designing the successful Covid19 vaccine and some good news (for a change) about Covid19-related numbers.  Steve provides a warning about identity theft and senior care referral fees.  Don’t miss the Consumer Alert about the Risk and Liability of Recommendations.  Then, Steve explains Assisted Living and why it’s the second most difficult level of care for most people to understand, navigate, and choose.  

February 20, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Ben Souchek from Home Downsizing Solutions to discuss examples of when it makes sense to sell your house “as is”.  Many people sell their house for cash in “as is” condition when moving to a senior care community, saving them the time, hassle, and expense of making major updates and repairs.  You can even stay in your house after closing until your new home is ready!  Steve shares some common mistakes made when choosing a senior care community.  

February 13, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about the new vaccines and vaccination trends in our community.  David explains why it’s important to talk about grief, provides resources for those who are grieving, discusses hospice care for people with advanced heart disease, and announces a wonderful “fun-raiser” called Mustache Month that benefits a very special program called Carousel Pediatric Care, a specialized hospice care program for children and their families.  Steve provides a Missouri vaccine update including the Missouri Covid19 Navigator web address and discusses some of the side effects of both vaccines.

February 6, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about the new vaccines and vaccination trends in our community.  David explains why it’s important to talk about grief, provides resources for those who are grieving, discusses hospice care for people with advanced heart disease, and announces a wonderful “fun-raiser” called Mustache Month that benefits a very special program called Carousel Pediatric Care, a specialized hospice care program for children and their families.  Steve has a Consumer Alert regarding the risk of hiring a private caregiver and explains how to maximize your care at any senior care community.  

January 30, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker has a vaccine update and a website you can check out to stay up-to-date with the latest information.  Steve provides a Consumer Alert regarding “free” referral services and their refusal to answer one simple question.  The Senior Care In The News report is about a new house bill in Kansas that would allow an appeal to an involuntary discharge from the assisted living level of care, and then Steve explains how to determine exactly what you need BEFORE beginning your search for a senior care community.  

January 23, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Dr. Patrick Herrick M.D., Ph.D., Board Certified in Family Medicine and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, about all things Covid19 and the new vaccines.  Steve asks Dr. Herrick about wearing a mask, dormant and contagious periods of CV19, accuracy of CV19 tests, RNA technology of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, safety of the vaccines, effectiveness against new CV19 variants, and so much more.  If you’ve had CV19 can you get it again, do you still need to be vaccinated if you’ve already had CV19, if you’ve been vaccinated do you still need to wear a mask, and what the future holds as we move toward herd immunity.  THIS is an information-filled program you will definitely want to hear!  

January 16, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with Ben Souchek from Home Downsizing Solutions.  They discuss examples of when it makes sense to sell your house “as is”.  Many people sell their house for cash in “as is” condition when moving to a senior care community, saving them the time, hassle, and expense of making major updates and repairs.  Steve discusses “buyer’s remorse” when selecting the wrong senior care community, provides examples of how that happens, and explains what you can do about it when wanting to move to another community.  

January 9, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker visits with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, about looking forward to 2021, New Year resolutions for caregivers, and taking good care of yourself so you can care for others.  David explains how KC Hospice supports the whole family during the end-of-life journey, providing numerous available resources, and explains what caregivers need when caring for a family member.  Steve provides a Consumer Alert about nursing home neglect and how you can address it.

January 2, 2021

Listen in as host Steve Kuker starts off the New Year doing some myth-busting with “Myth vs. Fact” and sets the record straight.  Steve has a Consumer Alert about the assisted living level of care and provides a list of 12 reasons you could be discharged from assisted living.  Then, Steve explains how to extend and maximize your stay at your chosen assisted living community.  

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