The Next Step / Elder Assist  •  2190 S. Mason Road, Suite 205  •  Saint Louis, Missouri 63131  •  (314) 821-9111
The Next Step/Elder Assist
Elder Care Consultants

About Us

Maggie Cody-Reckert, Owner/Director of Medicaid Services

Maggie has over 22-years of experience in the field of Medicaid Planning.  She was previously a supervisor with the State of Missouri's Family Support Division, Medicaid office.  Her vast knowledge of the Mediciaid programs can help families access benefit programs that they may not have known were availalbe.  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. Louisan.  

Diane Smith, M.S. CMC, 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 Professional Geriatric Care Managers since 2001, an active member of the local Midwest Geriatric Care Managers Association, and is a certified care manager (CMC) by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. 

Jenell Welsh, M.A., Geriatric Care Manager

Jenell has been has assisting seniors and their families live with independence and integrity since 2007. She began her career working with older adults as a certified aquatics professional with AEA Aquatics Exercis Association, helping seniors and those with physical disabilities thrive for over 12 years. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas business program and received her Masters degree in Gerontology from Webster University. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Midwest Chapter and local senior resource teams. Jenell is active in many United Methodist ministries, including the Stephen's Ministry program. She is a wife, mother and a life long resident of Kirkwood, Missouri.

Jeanne Bacon, Office Manager extraordinare!

At the Next Step/Elder Assist, our 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.
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