Monthly Archives: January 2020

Episode 14 — The Ins and Outs of Medicaid — With Valerie Geiger

Are you considering how you and your family will pay for long-term care? If so, we strongly encourage you to learn about Medicaid.

To help you get a better understanding of what Medicaid is and how you could benefit from it, Tom West and Arvette Reid enlist in the help of Valerie Geiger. A founding partner of Cucinelli Geiger, PC, Valerie is an elder law attorney whose practice focuses on helping people with special needs, and she is well-versed in Medicaid planning. Today, Valerie shares what you need to know about Medicaid.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What Medicaid is and how it works
  • Eligibility requirements for Medicaid
  • Why assisted living and nursing homes are not interchangeable under Medicaid
  • How Valerie helps clients who are over-resourced
  • Why Valerie forms a team of experts when putting together plans for clients
  • And more!

Join Tom, Arvette, and Valerie now to learn the ins and outs of Medicaid!

Resources:  Lifecare Affordability Plan | SEIA | Cucinelli Geiger, PC: (703)-481-6464

Episode 13 — It’s Your Turn to Understand Medicare — With John Norce

Understanding Medicare and how to make it work best for you isn’t easy. That’s why Tom West and Arvette Reid have brought in an expert.

Today, Tom and Arvette speak with John Norce, founder of Medicare Portal, to help you get a better grasp on Medicare’s ins and outs. John and his team specialize in helping seniors make informed decisions around their Medicare benefits. In this episode, John shares what you need to know about Medicare.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What Medicare parts A, B, C, and D mean
  • The difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage 
  • About common challenges seniors face with the Medicare system
  • The importance of staying mindful of Medicare deadlines
  • How Medicare Portal can help you become an educated consumer around Medicare
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about Medicare and the resources available to help you navigate it with confidence!

Resources:  Lifecare Affordability Plan | SEIA | Medicare Portal | | 703-214-4600

Episode 12 — The Power of Community Services — With Guest, Mary Lee Anderson

Whether you’re facing a health crisis or the challenges that come with aging, there are several resources that can help ease the burden — and chances are, many of them are in your own community.

Today, Tom West and Arvette Reid are joined by guest Mary Lee Anderson to explore the benefits that community services have to offer the senior population and those in need of support. As the executive director of Senior Services of Alexandria, Mary Lee knows how impactful it can be for people to access the support they need in areas like nutrition, transportation, communication, and education.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the types of services that Senior Services of Alexandria offers and how they fill unmet needs
  • Why it’s a myth that community services are only for low-income individuals 
  • What the most rewarding part of Mary Lee’s job is
  • Why there’s a blind spot in the senior population about available resources
  • And more!

Join Tom, Arvette, and Mary Lee now to learn how you may benefit from community services!

Resources:  Lifecare Affordability Planning | SEIA | Senior Services of Alexandria: (703-836-4414)

Episode 11 — 5 Steps for Managing Other People’s Money

You might feel stressed out while managing someone else’s money during their time of need. And understandably so. 

Between navigating unknown financial and healthcare territories to facing pressures from family members, there is a lot to consider and knowing where to start can be just as challenging.

Today, Tom West and Arvette Reid share five actionable steps for managing other people’s money, so you can stop worrying and start making decisions that will help you achieve the best possible outcomes.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The different standard of care you may apply when managing someone else’s money compared to your own
  • Ways you can start gathering the financial information you need
  • The importance of determining the outcomes you’re most hopeful for and most afraid of
  • How to evaluate financial options based on the needs of the person in need of care
  • And more!

Join Tom and Arvette now to learn what steps to take when managing money for your loved one.

Resources:  Lifecare Affordability Plan | SEIA 

Episode 10 — Psychological Hurdles to Thriving

When a health crisis occurs, we all want to thrive. 

However, there are psychological hurdles that may make us resistant to accepting the help we need in order to achieve our best possible outcomes.

Today, Tom West and Arvette Reid discuss common psychological hurdles that keep people from thriving. They explore the deeper meanings behind people’s resistance and share how they help clients overcome those barriers.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The deeper meaning behind people’s desires to keep making their own decisions
  • How brain function under stress can impact your ability to make decisions
  • Which form of resistance Tom sees himself having as he ages
  • How Tom and Arvette approach clients who don’t believe a health crisis will ever happen to them
  • And more

Join Tom and Arvette now to learn about psychological hurdles to thriving and how it’s still possible to thrive in the midst of a health crisis.

Resources:  Lifecare Affordability Plan | SEIA

Episode 9 — How The Lifecare Affordability Plan Can Help You

Whether you’re seeking general or specialized advice in the financial world, it’s often difficult to anticipate what you’ll really be getting from these services.


In this episode, Tom West and Arvette Reid break down specific examples of actionable items and recommendations they provide to clients who are going through the Life Care Affordability planning process. They also use real-world examples to illustrate different scenarios that clients may experience.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the Lifecare Affordability Plan is and what it aims to provide for clients 
  • What financial professionals typically mean when they talk about “cash”
  • Why Tom prefers to think about consolidating cash as simplification
  • The different tax considerations that come into play with long-term care expenses
  • And more!

Join Tom and Arvette to learn how the Life Care Affordability Plan can help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.

Resources:  Lifecare Affordability Plan | SEIA