Services for Independent Living

Willkommen! Columbia Entertainment Company is kicking off its 40th year with "Cabaret" this September. KATIE HAYS tells us more about that and provides us with a brief overview of the rest of the 2018-2019 season! Also, if you're no longer using helpful household items like a walker, a cane or a shower chair, Services for Independent Living would be glad to take it and give it to someone in need. Guest: SCOUT MERRY (4:10) July 2, 2018

Leslie Anderson stands over the shoulder of Max Lewis wearing a pink blouse amnd white cardigan. She has blonde hair. Max Lewis, right, sits in a power wheelchair wearing glasses and a red shirt. They both smile into the camera.
Rebecca Smith / KBIA

Max Lewis is a lawyer in Columbia. He is also quadriplegic and uses a program called Consumer Directed Services to hire in-home help with personal care. He sat down with Leslie Anderson, the director of policy and advocacy for Services for Independent Living.

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, who issued a rare joint news release a few days ago to declare, in effect, that they’re wild about Harry S. Truman and optimistic his statue will soon bump Blair’s.

Starting July 1, though, the state will only pay up to 60 percent of what it would cost to live in a nursing home. There are a very limited amount of waivers that would allow people to keep their full care, but these make up for a tiny fraction of the estimated 8,800 Missourians who need this kind of care. 

For the rest, these changes may mean getting fewer hours of assistance or ending up in a nursing home.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org.  

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, Artistic Director of GreenHouse Theatre Project, about "Dark Creation: The Mary Shelley Project." This original production was written by Elizabeth and 'GreenHouse' co-founder, Emily Adams. See it this weekend beneath the vaulted ceilings inside Muse Clothing store on 9th St. in downtown Columbia! At [3:32] ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY join us with details about this Sunday's 'Kitchens in Bloom' fundraiser for Services for Independent Living. Get a sneak peek inside one of the four kitchens on the tour, courtesy of Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design! May 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JENNIFER BEAN, Dietician with the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! Jennifer recommends that you spend your calories on what only comes around during the holiday season (i.e. Grandma's pie), because "you can have mashed potatoes any day of the year." Watch for more tips! At [5:25] ROSE VOMUND returns with information about Services for Independent Living's in-home services program. Are you in need of a nurse or direct support professional to come to you? If you're Medicaid-approved, SIL can help! December 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." According to Heather, director of the show, Cheryl Black, has put a doo wop twist on this popular romantic comedy! At [4:30] ANGELA HOLLOWAY and ROSE VOMUND take us inside one of five remodel jobs featured on this year's "Kitchens in Bloom" homes tour! This important fundraiser for Services for Independent Living hopes to raise $25,000. April 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a couple of events during this (already!) busy election year: the first is TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. The topic will be Missouri's Clean Power Plan; the second is Thursday, January 21, and the topic will be money and politics. Watch for details! At [5:16] MARK OHRENBERG and CYNTHIA FLOYD, Youth Advocates at Services for Independent Living, tell us about the programs offered at SIL for people with and without disabilities. January 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROSE VOMUND, Services for Independent Living, and ANGELA HOLLOWAY, Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design, about "Kitchens in Bloom." Happening this Sunday, Kitchens in Bloom is a chance to see five recently remodeled homes while raising money for SIL. Tickets on sale now! April 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER STEWART, Services for Independent Living, and CHUCK GRAHAM, Great Plains ADA, about two events happening today (3/30/15), and one tomorrow at the State Capitol! Our discussion also touches on what the ADA has done for those who need it. As Chuck says: "it's changed our world." March 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JESSICA MACY and TEC CHAPMAN, Boone County Council on Aging and Services for Independent Living, respectively, about the recent "marriage" of these two popular community resources. Why did this happen? What is the benefit? Watch to find out! January 15, 2015