Life Patterns, Inc. provides Financial Management Services (FMS) for individuals with a disability who self-direct their services through Home & Community Based Services waivers in the state of Kansas.

We provide payroll management, medicaid billing services, and information and assistance to individuals receiving these services and people who care about them.

We offer personalized consultation to insure that the individual with a disability and his/her representative feel confident in their role as an employer of Direct Support Workers.


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10/12/2020 - Our second podcast introduces four key members of the Special Olympics Kansas team; Tyler Griswold, John Lair, Taylor Obersteadt, & Jesse Lyle. Listen to find out what you DIDN’T know about this versatile organization!


  • Exploring Special Olympics Kansas33:40

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08/13/2020 - Introducing our new Life Patterns Podcast! This inaugural “episode” features Patty Gerdel, co-founder of Life Patterns, Inc, and author of an upcoming booklet designed to assist and guide parents and family members of those self-directing on the IDD waiver in Kansas.

We hope this podcast will be a good source of information & inspiration for our families! Please let us know if there is a specific topic you would like covered on the podcast in the future!

  • An interview with Patty Gerdel24:11

  • The Scoop on The Golden Scoop28:12

11/30/2020 - This podcast hosts the founders of The Golden Scoop, an ice cream shop opening soon that “changes lives, one scoop at a time”- employing folks in the developmental disability community. What a treat!