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Community and Family Education Events

We believe that in order for all long-term care residents to make the greatest use of their rights, it is important that families involved in the long-term care system have up-to-date knowledge. VOYCE offers free Community Education throughout the year, helping everyone involved to better uphold the rights and dignity of long-term care residents. Participants hear from experts on patient care, administrative, legal, financial, and social topics at regular webinars. In 2021, VOYCE is excited to expand our Community Education offerings. We look forward to implementing in-person educational opportunities when safety allows us to meet again!

Planned 2021 Education Courses

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Below is the course schedule for 2021. Registration is free but required. To register or learn about each individual session, and speakers, visit each session below.

*DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, ALL SESSIONS ARE OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.

All sessions are online unless stated otherwise.

Program Description:
“Put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.” We know how hard it is to do our best for others when our own needs aren’t met, but it’s much harder to put into practice. A tough 2020 only compounds the daily wear and tear of caregiving, and too many of us are neglecting our own needs! Take an hour of your day to learn why and how to care for yourself so that you can give your best to those who need you.

Speaker Information:
Tara Stevens, MSc, MA, LPC, CCTP, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Tara has worked for Behavioral Health Response for 9 years. She currently serves as the Community Engagement Liaison providing crisis intervention services to Missouri’s Eastern Region. She is an international speaker specializing in trauma, emotional regulation, suicide awareness and prevention, and first responder wellness.

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Program Description:
There are many places to turn for support when caring and advocating for your loved one. No matter your specific needs or changing situations, programs across Missouri are dedicated to helping your loved one experience a high quality of life. The VOYCE Regional Ombudsmen outline the resources you may not know about, how to find services to fit your needs, and what’s available in your county.

Speaker Information:
VOYCE’s Regional Ombudsman Coordinators and Mental Wellness Navigator will serve as the panelists for this session. Read their bios on our website.

Registration is free but required.

Program Description:
Long-term care is expensive, no matter what level or type of care an individual needs. If you are caring for a loved one or just planning for your own future, this session can help you begin the financial process.

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Speaker Information:
Brian G. Quinn, CELA® was born in St. Louis and lives here with his wife, his children and his dogs Sammie and Callie.  Brian is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia and the St. Louis University School of Law.  Brian serves individual and business clients in a variety of legal matters, especially in the areas of Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Medicaid planning, Veterans Benefits, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. He has helped hundreds of families with government benefits, including Veteran’s pension and Medicaid Benefits. He has also assisted in training other attorneys throughout the United States in doing the same. Brian recently received certification as a Certified Elder Law Attorney® (CELA®) by The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), the only elder law program accredited by the American Bar Association. Brian has been named as a “Super Lawyer” of elder law by Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2018. Brian is a member of the Missouri Bar and was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Committee for 2018. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Bar of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.  He is accredited through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits before their agency.  Brian has held multiple positions with the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MONAELA) and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ (BAMSL) Young Lawyer’s Division, and is active in Experts for Entrepreneurs St. Louis.  Brian is President of MONAELA for 2019. Brian is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and ElderCareAdvisors.  Brian is past President of the High Octane Chapter of Business Network International and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.

Registration is free but required.

Program Description:
In a follow up to our previous course on financing options for long-term care, our speakers get deeper into the details regarding Medicare and Medicaid. Learn the differences between the two insurance options and determine your eligibility. Then, discover tips and tricks to get through the application process and where you can go for more help.

Speaker Information:
Kevin Mason is an attorney at TuckerAllen. Kevin graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lindenwood University. He went on to study at the University of Missouri School of Law to pursue his Juris Doctorate.

Prior to working for TuckerAllen, Kevin worked as a law intern for Commerce Trust Company, where he examined trust documents and reviewed client files to make recommendations regarding special needs trusts.

Kurt Sergiewich is an independent financial planner, and works closely with Wealth Protection Advisor a company that specializes in asset protection and long-term care planning strategies. Kurt is a St. Louis native and graduated from Lindenwood University with a degree in Finance. He takes pride in being a fiduciary and educator to his clients.

Over the past ten years Kurt has recognized the need for accurate information and impartial advice regarding Medicare options. He has made it a priority to assist people with these decisions.

Registration is free but required.

Program Description:
Individuals of all ages should consider their plans for end of life. Legal experts recommend having documents in place to help loved ones navigate your health and finances, should the need arise. Whether you are planning your own future or trying to help a loved one make these important decisions, our speaker can help you understand and prioritize the documents you need in place. Learn about the “next steps” if your loved one did not leave adequate documentation. **If social distancing policies permit, this class will allow some in-person attendance and include a document signing and notarizing session.

Speakers Information:
Paul Gantner is an owner of the estate planning and elder law firm Amen, Gantner and Capriano. Along with his law degree, Paul holds an MBA, is Veterans Affairs accredited, holds an active insurance license and is Series 65 licensed as an investment adviser. Paul frequently speaks for the Missouri bar and other organizations. He is rated 10 out of 10 on AVVO which considers experience and both peer and client reviews. Paul’s mission is to help families secure their legacies by embracing clients as members of his law firm family through long-term, personal advisory relationships.

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Brian G. Quinn, CELA® was born in St. Louis and lives here with his wife, his children and his dogs Sammie and Callie.  Brian is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia and the St. Louis University School of Law.  Brian serves individual and business clients in a variety of legal matters, especially in the areas of Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Medicaid planning, Veterans Benefits, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. He has helped hundreds of families with government benefits, including Veteran’s pension and Medicaid Benefits. He has also assisted in training other attorneys throughout the United States in doing the same. Brian recently received certification as a Certified Elder Law Attorney® (CELA®) by The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), the only elder law program accredited by the American Bar Association. Brian has been named as a “Super Lawyer” of elder law by Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2018. Brian is a member of the Missouri Bar and was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Committee for 2018. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Bar of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.  He is accredited through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits before their agency.  Brian has held multiple positions with the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MONAELA) and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ (BAMSL) Young Lawyer’s Division, and is active in Experts for Entrepreneurs St. Louis.  Brian is President of MONAELA for 2019. Brian is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and ElderCareAdvisors.  Brian is past President of the High Octane Chapter of Business Network International and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.

Registration is free but required.

Program Description:
The use of cannabis and CBD products as alternative medical treatments has been widely contested in the United States. Yet, the use of these products can be highly beneficial to patients with a variety of health conditions – many of which are prevalent in aging and long-term care populations. Join us for a discussion with local experts about the function, benefits, and options for medical cannabis and CBD use. This course will also discuss the legal considerations for individuals and long-term care organizations interested in trying these alternative therapies. This webinar is available to both long-term care serving professionals and interested community members.

Speaker Information:
Dr. Patricia Hurford, SOAR Medical LLC is the Medical Director for New Growth Horizon, LLC. Patricia is a St. Louis-based private-practice physician with more than 20 years’ experience specializing in the treatment of back and neck pain, acute and chronic radiculopathies, soft tissue injuries, and overuse and repetitive trauma. Patricia completed her doctoral education at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City in 1992 and currently holds three separate state medical licenses. Patricia has maintained an active license in Illinois since 1998, Missouri since 2000, and Florida since 2018. Patricia also earned a Master of Science in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University in 1997.

Patricia’s expertise goes beyond their licensure and extensive practice; she has become a leading local authority on pain management after giving countless presentations throughout the St. Louis area over the last two decades. Patricia’s research includes detailed analysis of the opioid crisis and the benefits of medical marijuana, including. In addition to formal presentations to the public, Patricia also publishes her research regularly in medical journals and local health and wellness magazines. In an effort to learn more about the medicinal effects of marijuana, Patricia joined the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association’s Executive Board.

Eric Walter, Armstrong Teasdale, has extensive state and federal litigation experience in a wide range of complex commercial and business cases that include: a major men’s retail chain defeating false advertising claims by different statewide classes of customers; a publicly traded company defeating breach of fiduciary duty claims by a national class of former stockholders; and a religious conference center prevailing in a long-running corporate governance and property dispute.

In his practice, Eric serves privately owned businesses, publicly traded companies and nonprofit corporations. A significant portion of this work involves the defending class action lawsuits brought against various business entities. Many of the cases involve allegations of fraud, false advertising, unfair trade practices and breaches of state and federal consumer protection laws.

Eric also represents clients in matters alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and copyright infringement. He also provides counsel in workplace cases involving claims such as discrimination and violation of noncompete and nonsolicitation provisions.

A significant part of Eric’s practice involves representing businesses and individuals in the legalized marijuana industry. He has successfully represented companies applying for state licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana and its byproducts. In this area, Eric advises clients on state and federal regulations governing not only the operation of legalized marijuana businesses, but also the solicitation of and contracting with investors and other business partners.

Andrew Mullins, Director, Missouri Cannabis Trade Association (Bio forthcoming)

Registration is free but required.

Program Description:
Remember the old adage “Knowledge is Power”? That certainly applies to becoming well-informed on all that is involved with aging! Join Wells Fargo’s Aging Client Service Strategy Leader for an informative course on financial safety. Spend the hour breaking down what you need to know about identifying financial exploitation and providing easy tips on keeping you and your money safe throughout your golden years.

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Speaker Information:
Lauree Peterson-Sakai, SVP, Aging Risk Strategy Leader, Wells Fargo (Bio forthcoming)

Registration is free but required.

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Our 2021 Sponsorship Packet can be found here.

For questions about sponsorship, please contact Meaghan Bailey at events@voycestl.org or 314.919.2410.

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Long-Term Care Resources

New to long-term care? Have questions and don’t know where to look? Check out our resources below.

Long Term Care Options for Seniors

43% of individuals requiring long-term care are younger than the age of 65. By the time an individual reaches the age of 75, there’s a 50% chance they’ll need long-term care. Long-term care includes a wide range of medical and support services provided over an extended period of time.

Caregiver Issue Brief

This report updates national and individual state estimates of the economic value of family caregiving using the most current data available.

Caregiving in the United States 2015

The AARP looks at a 2015 report that examines what caregiving looks like in the United States.

Missouri State Resources for Seniors

Every state has an Aging Services Division dedicated to providing frail seniors with home and community-based services, so that they can continue living in their own homes. Many states also offer caregiver assistance programs that provide family caregivers with information, counseling, and respite services.

A Planning Guide for Families

When saving for college, paying a mortgage, investing in a retirement account, most Americans understand why it’s important to plan for the future. But when it comes to caring for an aging loved one, most families don’t have a plan until there is a problem. This article will help you set up a caregiving plan for your family.

Living in a Nursing Home: Myths and Realities

Many myths, or misconceptions, persist about nursing facility life. This guide is for patients and their families to know the difference between the myths and the realities of life in a nursing facility.

9 Signs Your Elderly Parent Needs Help

As they age, your parents will begin to need more and more help. But how do you know when to step in? Here are nine signs that your parents may need help right now, and who you can reach out to for that help.

Before you make any decisions about long-term care, talk to someone you trust to understand more about other long-term care services and support services.

Find Nursing Homes Near You

Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the Country.

9 Strategies to Help a Parent Who Refuses Care

Start by prioritizing problems, taking it slow, and accepting your limits when it comes to helping a loved one age well.

Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. One survey showed that 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible (by The United States of Aging Survey-AARP).

Senior Home Care Guide

The 2010 US census found that 3.1% of seniors were nursing home residents. Rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living, many seniors choose in-home care support. This guide details information needed to utilize home care.

How Do I Select the Right Home Care Provider

Following is a checklist of questions to ask providers and other individuals who may know about the provider’s track record. Their insight will help you determine which provider is best for you or your loved one.

5 Requirements to Qualify for Medicare Home Health Care

Medicare Home Health Care must be requested by a doctor and fulfilled by a Medicare-certified home health agency.

Telehealth and Seniors

As technology continues to improve, telehealth options are increasing. Telehealth is a particularly important option for seniors, as it can increase independence and provide options for working with their healthcare provider.

Financial Assistance for Long-Term Care

This blog post addresses common concerns for those paying for long-term care and provides additional resources to visit as you navigate the complicated world of long-term care financing.

Medicare Resources


Medicare in Missouri

You can get long-term care help through programs provided by Senior and Disability Services, as discussed in this website.

Medicare Changes in 2020

Medicare Interactive provides information about the changes to Medicare in 2020.

How to Complete Medicare Enrollment Forms

As you approach the age of 65, you’ll want to make sure you enroll in the Medicare insurance plan that may suit your needs. To do so, you need to know how to sign up for Medicare and which Medicare application forms to complete.

Medicare and Medicaid: What are They and How Can They Help Me?

Medicare is a health coverage program provided by the federal government. Medicaid is a Federal and State program, offering health coverage to low-income residents.

Area Agencies on Aging and Services

This network of offices throughout Missouri provides local help to Medicare beneficiaries. Local services include legal assistance and help with health-care issues.

Missouri CLAIM

They are a nonprofit organization providing free, unbiased information about Medicare to Missourians. Their goal is to provide local counselors to help you get the most from your Medicare benefits.

Livanta

The official Quality Improvement Organization for the state of Missouri, Livanta, offers information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, and their families. They help with beneficiary discharge appeals and other Medicare-related issues.

Medicaid Resources


About the Affordable Care Act

Contains the full panel-body of the Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 

Missouri Medicaid/MO HealthNet Income & Asset Limits for Nursing Homes & In-Home Long-Term Care

Medicaid, which is called MO HealthNet in Missouri, is a wide-ranging, jointly funded state and federal health care program. Through MO HealthNet, many groups of low-income people, including pregnant women, families, and the blind, disabled, and elderly are able to receive medical and care assistance. 

Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Missouri Medicaid Long-Term Care Eligibility

Learning the Medicaid eligibility basics for Missouri.

Applying for Medicaid: How to Complete a Medicaid Application

It’s possible to be eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. If you think you might qualify, you need to fill out a Medicaid application. If you do qualify, Medicaid can help pay for your Medicare premiums, deductibles, and/or coinsurance.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for the MO HealthNet (Medicaid)

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Missouri, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. 

What’s Up with a COVID-19 Vaccine?

This blog post explores the latest news and information about a COVID-19 vaccine.

Visiting Your Loved One

This blog post explains the new guidance surrounding visitation during COVID-19.

What Does this Camera Bill Mean for You?

This blog post explains the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act, how it affects families and professionals, and provides links to all the resources you need if you are thinking about putting a camera in your loved one’s LTC community.

If you’re looking for even more information about long-term care and older adults, visit out our blog.