At the Next Step/Elder Assist, our Aging Life Care Professionals/Geriatric Care Managers are experienced professionals who specialize in assisting older adults, those that are disabled, and their families find alternatives to solve problems. We have extensive knowledge about quality, costs and availability of services in the community to help them remain independent as long as possible.
In addition, our knowledge of financial services will assess for Medicare choices, Medicaid eligibility and asset protection.
Through knowledge and compassion, the Next Step/Elder Assist can intercede in a crisis situation and continue to monitor the care needs of your loved one.
Maggie Cody-Reckert, Owner/Medicaid Specialist
Maggie has over 27 years of experience in the field of Elder Care and Medicaid Planning. She was previously a supervisor with the State of Missouri's Family Support Division, Medicaid office. Maggie is also Co-Founder of ElderAssist.com, an important resource for Elder Care Case Managers seeking real time placement options. Her vast knowledge of the Medicaid programs can help families access benefit programs that they may not have known were available. This can include home health, assisted living and nursing home programs. She will develop a customized plan to fit what the family's goals and needs are for a given situation, which can include asset protection. Maggie is a graduate of St. Louis University and a native St. Louisian.
Diane Smith, M.S., CMC, Aging Life Care Advanced Professional/Geriatric Care Manager
Diane is a professional geriatric care manager with more than 15 years experience providing personalized and compassionate services to older adults and persons with disabilities. She is a volunteer money manager for Lutheran Senior Services and a frequent guest lecturer for an employee assistance program and various civic and healthcare organizations in the St. Louis area. Diane holds a B.A. in Gerontology and a Masters degree in Health Care Management from Lindenwood University. She has been a member of the National Association of the Aging Life Care Association™ since 2001, and is recognized through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers as a "Care Manager Certified" (CMC).
Angie VanDenBerg, MSG, CMC, Aging Life Care Advanced Professional/Geriatric Care Manager
Angie has been working in the aging field since 2004 and has a tremendous wealth of knowledge to share with her clients. Angie received her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Missouri State University in 2006 and her Masters of Science in Gerontology (MSG) from The University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2013. She has been a member of the Aging Life Care Association™ since 2013 and is recognized through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers as a "Care Manager Certified" (CMC).
Katie Worzel, MSW, LCSW, Aging Life Care Associate/Geriatric Care Manager
Tina Gust, LPN
18 Years geriatic patient care. Direct focus experience, memory care and assisted living. Certified in Advanced Person Centered Dementia care.
Jeane Bacon, Office Manager extraordinare!