December 7th, 2014

July 28th, 2014

In this episode John McQueen interviews Theresa Putnam with Patrick Manor Assisted Living Facility

Owner of Patrick Manor Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg, FL

Owner of Patrick Manor Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg, FL

John McQueen:  [0:01] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, President and Owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always on this show, we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.

[0:13] Remember, if there is a specific topic you would like for us to talk about or if you have a question you would like to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to us at radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[0:33] Today’s topic is “Combining Independence with Personal Care.” Our special guest today is Theresa Putnam. We are broadcasting live from the beautiful Patrick Manor Assisted Living facility. Theresa is going to help us to undertake this worthy subject. Welcome, Theresa.

Theresa Putnam:  [0:51] Hi, John.

John:  [0:52] I appreciate you having us here today. The facilities, as always, is beautiful. I know you do a great job here in our community providing assisted living to individuals who need it and need a little extra care and attention. I appreciate you taking time out today to share with us some of your thoughts. Can you tell us a little bit about what drew you into the field of assisted living?

Theresa:  [1:18] That’s a funny question, because I came into assisted living in 1991. I answered an ad, when we used to use newspapers, for a secretary of an adult congregate living facility. In 1992, I went through the administrator’s course. In 1995, I was helping run a 54‑bed facility. Read the rest of this entry »

July 7th, 2014

In this episode John McQueen interviews Dr. Dani McVety with Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

Dr. Dani McVety

Dr. Dani McVety

John McQueen:  [0:00] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always on this show, we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.

[0:14] Remember, if there’s a specific topic you would like to ask us or talk about, if you have a question, or would like to interview one of our upcoming guests, please email us at radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[0:33] Our topic today is “Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Companion.” We’re going to be speaking to our special guest, Dr. Dani McVety with Lap of Love Vet Hospice, who will help us in understanding this worthy subject. Welcome, Dr. Dani.

Dr. Dani McVety:  [0:49] Thank you, John. Thank you.

John:  [0:51] We’re glad to have you with us today, and as you and I have spoken some, I know you’re quite the accomplished young lady, both a speaker, an author, a consultant, a mother, and also a veterinarian.

[1:03] As I noticed, you were a graduated of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, and I believe, if I’m correct here, you were the youngest recipient of the college’s Most Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Is that correct? Read the rest of this entry »

July 3rd, 2014

According to an April 4, 2014 article by Daniel Chang in the Miami Herald, Medicaid enrollment is on the rise in both Florida and the nation.  With these increasing numbers of new enrollees come additional questions by many about Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and what each agency will pay towards a funeral or cremation.

Currently, the only one of the three agencies that will pay any amount towards the funeral is Social Security.  The Social Security Survivor’s Benefit program has a one-time lump sum death benefit available to those who qualify in the amount of $255.  This “Death Benefit” is designed to help pay for funeral and cremation costs for anyone who had qualified for social security benefits.

Generally, the lump-sum is paid to the surviving spouse provided he or she was living in the same household with the worker when he or she died. If they were living apart, the surviving spouse can still receive the lump-sum if, during the month the worker died, he or she was already receiving benefits on the worker’s record; or became eligible for benefits upon the worker’s death.

If there’s no eligible surviving spouse, the lump-sum can be paid to the worker’s child (or children) if, during the month the worker died, the child was already receiving benefits on the worker’s record; or became eligible for benefits upon the worker’s death.  In other words, the child has to be considered a dependent child by Social Security to receive the benefits. Read the rest of this entry »

July 1st, 2014

In this episode John McQueen interviews Rabbi Arthur Baseman, retired spiritual leader at Temple B’nai Israel

Spiritual leader at Temple B'nai Israel from 1969 - 2008

Spiritual leader at Temple B’nai Israel from 1969 – 2008

John McQueen:  [0:00] Welcome to Anderson McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson McQueen Funeral Homes. As always, on this show we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.

[0:14] Remember, if there’s a specific topic you would like for us to talk about or if you have a question you would like to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[0:34] Our topic today is understanding Jewish funeral customs. Our special guest today is Rabbi Arthur Baseman, who is the former spiritual leader for 39 years with Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater who will help us in understanding this worthy subject.

[0:51] Welcome, Rabbi Baseman.

Rabbi Arthur Baseman:  [0:53] Thank you, John. A pleasure to be with you and your terrific facility here.

John:  [0:57] Thank you, sir. We look forward to spending some time together today and learning more about the Jewish funeral customs.

[1:05] As we get started, I thought maybe we’d kick it off a little bit about, if you wouldn’t mind, sharing what is the Jewish view on death, to start.

Rabbi Baseman:  [1:15] An excellent question.

John:  [1:16] Thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

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