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Don & Elaine Minter

11936 West 119th Street #121 - Overland Park, KS 66213

Resources Overview

Senior Living Resources in Johnson County, KS

Listen to our latest Boomers Today podcast and read through answers to common senior placement questions.

Boomers Today is our weekly podcast that helps educate families on resources available to the aging boomer population. Frank Samson, founder and CEO of Senior Care Authority®, interviews a different expert on aspects of what families face as the Boomers and their parents are aging. Subjects range from caregiver challenges, to legal matters, to financial considerations, to health and wellness topics and self-care.

Alzheimer’s Support Network and Brain Changes

January 20, 2023 Latest Episode

Marianne Troy is a Family Consultant for the Alzheimer’s Support Network. She is a great listener and has a wealth of knowledge and skills in all things elder care. She honed these skills over a lifetime of involvement in elder concerns. She is a previous owner of a home health care company and worked at Loyola Medical Center outside Chicago in Radiology Administration. It was there she saw the difficulty our elders experience in hospitals and she created an Ombudsman program to increase communication and assistance for elderly patients. In her earlier years she was also a Sister of Charity for 14 years. Sponsor:

Expert Advice on Dementia and other Memory Challenges

January 20, 2023 Latest Episode

Dr. Rob Winningham received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Baylor University. He joined the faculty at Western Oregon University in 2000 where he served as a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology. His focus has been on memory and aging for the past 30 years. He has trained thousands of professionals to offer high quality cognitive rehabilitation and therapy programs. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed articles in the area of human memory and aging, Dr. Winningham has been invited to given well over 1500 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops. His book, Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood and his latest book, Cranium Crunches, both can be found on Amazon. Dr. Mike Studer has been a Physical Therapist since 1991, a board certified innneurologic Physical Therapist in 1995, and a private practice owner since 2005. Dr. Studer has been an invited speaker covering 50 states, 10 countries, and 4 continents speaking on topics ranging from cognition and psychology in rehabilitation, aging, stroke, motor learning, motivation in rehabilitation, balance, dizziness, neuropathy and Parkinson Disease. Dr. Studer is a co-founder and co-owner of Spark Rehabilitation and Wellness in Bend, Oregon. Sponsor:

Using Elder Care Mediation to Resolve Family Conflicts

January 6, 2023 Latest Episode

Kimberly Best, RN, MA, is a Civil and Family Mediator. Her practice focuses on Family Mediation, Health and Elder Care Mediation, Civil and Business Mediation, and Conflict Coaching. She is a working member of the Association of Conflict Resolution Elder Mediation Professional Development Group as well as a working member of Mediators Beyond Borders, International, and a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution development committee. She is passionate about helping others resolve conflicts by using mediation, facilitation and collaborative problem solving to find optimal solutions for all parties. Kim is the author of “How to Live Forever, A Guide to Writing the Final Chapter of Your Life Story."

Thoughts on Ageism and Senior Care

December 30, 2022 Latest Episode

Lauren Snedeker is a licensed clinical social worker, an Assistant Professor of Teaching, and the Coordinator for the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health Program at Rutgers School of Social Work. Her areas of practice and scholarly interests focus on the aging experience, mental health during older adulthood, and caregiving experiences. Educating students about the rich, clinical opportunities that exist in gerontological social work, mentorship and building community for MSW students are Lauren’s passions. Along with esteemed colleagues, Lauren is leading efforts at Rutgers New Brunswick that focus on anti-ageism and age inclusivity.

The New Trend Away from Traditional Retirement

December 23, 2022 Latest Episode

Josh Sapan is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of AMC Networks Inc. where, since 1987, he oversaw the creation and growth of entertainment brands including AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC and SundanceTV and signature series including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead" and “Killing Eve.” Sapan also oversaw the creation of the film production and distribution company IFC Films as well as AMC Studios and AMC Networks International. Now, after 35 years with AMC Networks, 25 as CEO and currently Executive Vice Chairman, Sapan is embarking on a third Act of his own, one sure to entail moves in more creative avenues. Josh has also authored his new book called, “The Third Act, Reinventing Your Next Chapter."

Senior Living Options Now and in the Future

December 2, 2022 Latest Episode

Ryan Frederick focuses on the intersection of place and healthy longevity. He is the author of Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life. He advises real estate, health organizations and institutional investment firms on how to create better places to help people thrive and provides regular content for consumers to make wise choices about place to live a long, healthy and financially secure life.

Meaningful Long Distance Grandparenting

November 11, 2022 Latest Episode

Kerry Byrne, PhD, is a researcher, collaborator and entrepreneur in aging, care and connection. She is the Founder of The Long Distance Grandparent, a mission driven business helping grandparents strengthen relationships with their grandchildren – no matter the distance between. Kerry is focused on improving intergenerational relationships within families, because these relationships impact everything from mental health to ending ageism. She shares practical, research backed strategies through her blog, email newsletter, speaking engagements and membership program.

Managing Medications with the Elderly

October 28, 2022 Latest Episode

Dr. Nancy A. Taylor is founder and CEO of Taylormade Senior Advocacy and Consulting LLC. As an advocate she helps older adults and their families navigate the complex maze that is our national healthcare system. She provides a guiding hand with Medicare Education including choosing drug plans, Provider and Care Coordination, Comprehensive Clinical Medication Reviews, and Medication Therapy Management. She retired as a pharmacist after over a decade in community pharmacy and started her company to better serve her aging patients. The transition from pharmacist to advocate was natural and empowering for both Dr. Taylor and those she serves.

Managing Care in a Digital World

October 14, 2022 Latest Episode

Darra Wray is a business professional, senior care consultant, and software developer with more than 30 years of practical business and finance experience and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She also has over 30 years of personal experience as a family caregiver and patient advocate and has had a life-long interest in healthcare. An unexpected family medical crisis made her realize that her family was completely unprepared to manage the business of life in a digital world. In the wake of this family crisis, Darra set out to find a tool to help bridge this digital divide, and when she couldn’t find one, she created one. She then launched My Care Companions, helping individuals and families more effectively navigate and manage the family caregiving process.

The Benefits of Hospice Care

October 07, 2022 Latest Episode

Mike Briggs is with Keystone Hospice has been working in healthcare since March of 2004. He loves to provide solutions to patients and families that need help in the community he loves. Mike is extremely passionate about hospice care and enjoys helping people understand why it’s such a great benefit.

Why Talking About Death is so Essential

September 30, 2022 Latest Episode

Jaime Sarche’s goal is helping people be less afraid of death. A seasoned speaker, Jaime brings deep experience in death care to a broad range of audiences around the country, sharing insights and approaches on how to have those difficult conversations and how to address sensitive issues. Extending well beyond death and dying, her message resonates across industries and individuals, bridging her passion to demystify death while enlightening communicators on overcoming challenging conversations.

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Don is a terrific resource!! He is Very responsive and thorough. I highly recommend Don Minter to help with finding care for your loved one!!!

- P. Smith

I highly recommend Don Minter and Senior Care Authority. He is very committed to helping families find the perfect place for their loved one. A great advocate for seniors and their family when searching for a senior community.

- Karen C

Don & Elaine are extremely knowledgeable. With hundreds of communities, they will find the perfect home for your loved one and all the other necessary steps for the entire process. I appreciate all their patience and kind hearts!! Thank you for all your support!

- K. Stanton

Don is a terrific resource!! He is Very responsive and thorough. I highly recommend Don Minter to help with finding care for your loved one!!!

- P. Smith

I highly recommend Don Minter and Senior Care Authority. He is very committed to helping families find the perfect place for their loved one. A great advocate for seniors and their family when searching for a senior community.

- Karen C

Don & Elaine are extremely knowledgeable. With hundreds of communities, they will find the perfect home for your loved one and all the other necessary steps for the entire process. I appreciate all their patience and kind hearts!! Thank you for all your support!

- K. Stanton
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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about Eldercare support. If you don't see the answer to your question below, please don't hesitate to ask us anything. We promise to give you an honest answer.

  • How do I know if it is time for my Mom or Dad to move into Assisted Living?

    Safety is the number one factor for most families. Although most people would prefer to stay in their own home, there are significant reasons why that is sometimes not possible. In addition to safety concerns, social engagement, communal meals, scheduled activities and 24/7 supervision are some other good reasons to consider Assisted Living.

  • I know Mom needs to move but she says she is staying put. What should I do? She cannot afford full time care at home.

    Often, it is a process and a series of conversations. Imagine yourself in Mom’s position and don’t try to force anything. A Senior Advisor can help you map out the strategy and even help you talk with Mom.

  • How much does assisted living or memory care cost?

    It varies from state-to-state, even county-to- county in the same state. Costs are usually based on a fee for rent and additional fees for care, based on how much assistance is needed.

  • Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for assisted living?

    The rule of thumb, at this writing, is that Medicare only pays for post-acute skilled nursing care, for a maximum of 100 days if certain requirements are met. Medicaid is a state-administered program. Some states have “waivers” that allow people to spend down their money and then stay in an assisted living facility when Medicaid goes into effect. Your Advisor will be versed in the regulations in your state.

  • My Dad was a veteran of WWII. He passed away three years ago. Mom now needs care. Are there benefits available to help her pay for this care?

    If Dad was enlisted during a period of war (see VA website) chances are that Mom is eligible to receive his benefits. Talk to your Advisor for general guidelines and then contact your local VA office for more information.

  • My Dad was just diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Does that mean he needs to live in Memory Care? He still drives!

    The short answer is not necessarily. There are many factors to consider and every care situation is different. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can mean a variety of things. It is not necessarily a precursor to Alzheimer’s or other dementias. That said, dementia does not happen overnight and early stages are, in fact, a reason someone may have MCI.

  • If I have Power of Attorney for a relative who is refusing care, can I force her to move?

    Most likely not. A power of attorney does not give you the right to force someone to move. Usually this requires a Guardianship or Conservatorship. An elder law attorney would be your best source of advice. We can give you referrals to excellent attorneys specializing in laws relating to eldercare.

  • I live in New York City. Mom lives in California. She is showing signs of forgetfulness and has no relatives on the west coast. How do I manage her care?

    Hiring a local Senior Advisor or Patient Advocate is your best bet to having “boots on the ground” when your loved one lives far away. Interview several and find someone with whom you feel comfortable. We can help!

  • My mother is applying for Medicaid. She owns her own home but has no other assets. Her social security of $800/month is her only income. Will she be approved?

    Most likely yes but as we stated above, programs vary from state to state. Home ownership is not typically considered when determining eligibility. If she is going to have to sell her home to pay for care, your best option is to consult with a Medicaid planning or elder law attorney. Again, we can refer you to someone competent and compassionate.

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