All posts by: Janie

About Janie

Janie is the Director of Care Coordination for Rothkoff Law Group, and elder law firm. Janie brings a variety of experiences to the team as a graduate of the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research with her Masters in Social Service. Janie has focused her efforts on empowering and advocating for her elderly clients with the Senior Services Department of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey, and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Janie obtained a business degree from St. Joseph’s University. When not in the office, Janie helps to organize and host events for the Filipino-American Association of South Jersey. In addition, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to Europe and Asia, and at the Jersey Shore.

  As a wife, mother, caregiver daughter, full-time employee of the Rothkoff Law Group, member of the PTA at my six-year old son’s school, and  “official driver” to all of my son’s extra-curricular activities, there are many times that I feel overwhelmed and alone in my efforts to balance all my commitments and roles. Especially, […]

ADVICE FROM JANIE DE LEON-MALE, CARE COORDINATOR –  ROTHKOFF LAW GROUP While the holiday season is joyous for many people, it can present complications for those who are caregivers of the elderly. Janie De Leon-Male, Director of Care Coordination at Rothkoff Law Group, explains, “People love the holidays but many become overwhelmed when coordinating all of […]

I’ve received a lot of e-mails from area New Jersey and Pennsylvania caregivers asking about how to best care for mom and dad within the context of a large family. Oftentimes, when it’s time to make a major decision about your loved ones care, your brothers and sisters are either flying in or driving in […]

As the caregiver child, you’ve done everything you can to ensure that your elderly loved one was taken care of until the day that he/she passed. You are attempting to get a handle on your own feelings of grief, but how do you support the surviving spouse? Your mother, father, aunt, or uncle was with […]

On April 19, 2016, my dad (as a non-smoker) was diagnosed with a tumor in his left upper lung. On May 31, 2016, my dad underwent four hours of surgery at Virtua Marlton and because of the size of the tumor and the way it was wrapped around his ribs, the thoracic surgeon had to […]

As one of three social workers for our firm, I assist our public benefits team with setting expectations for our clients on the Medicaid process in New Jersey. 1. Our public benefits team and the public benefits specialist assigned to you will always provide you with a list of documents needed to jumpstart your loved one’s Medicaid […]

As one of three social workers in our elder law firm, families often ask me whether they can afford an in-home caregiver. I advise that in conjunction with our attorneys, it is our firm’s job to figure out how to get the best care, and then figure out how to pay for it. Depending on the client’s care needs […]

As one of three geriatric care coordinators with our office, families and clients often ask me whether they should obtain an order from the doctor for “Do Not Resuscitate” or whether they should allow the assisted living or nursing home staff to perform CPR or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on them, should they be found unresponsive in […]

On June 2, 2015, our care management team attended the Annual Alzheimer’s Association Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. During one of the break-out sessions, we discussed that in 2014, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethics Committee and Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee released an updated position statement on the use […]

Pesticides and Seniors

January 23, 2015 Blog

By: Janie De Leon-Male, MSS, LSW, Director of Care Coordination It is no secret, bed bugs are an epidemic. And, cockroaches…Well, we all know how resistant they are to any environmental condition. Before we run to the local hardware store to purchase an over the counter bug-killer spray, we need to be aware of how […]

What is an LTAC?

December 12, 2014 Aging, Blog, Caregiver

By: Janie De Leon-Male, MSS, LSW Director of Care Coordination As Mr. Rothkoff recently blogged on October 18, 2014, we are living longer. Therefore, we need to be aware of options to care for our loved ones based on their specific acuity and medical needs. What is an LTAC? It stands for long-term acute center. […]

Can We Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? On June 10, 2014, members of our care management team attended the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Dementia Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Dr. Steven Arnold, director of the PENN Memory Center, presented on, “Trials and Tribulations: The Role of Clinical Research / Participation in Alzheimer’s Disease Care.” […]

On Friday, March 21, 2014, our care coordination team traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s 1st Annual National Voices of Medicare Summit. Our team was privileged to attend this all-day conference with advocates, policy makers, economists, scholars, and direct service providers who work to improve Medicare and access to quality […]

On September 5, 2013, my four-year old son and I rushed my dad to Virtua Voorheees Hospital. My dad was suffering from chest pain, and feeling week and debilitated. Was my dad suffering another heart attack? My dad was admitted, and the diagnosis confirmed that my dad suffered his second cardiac event in two years. […]

On July 25, 2012, I could hear the neuropsychologist’s words, but I could not process what she meant. She said, “Mrs. Male, Leo has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.” “What does that mean?,” I replied.  She responded, “Your son is on the Autism spectrum. He has an Autism diagnosis.” I could not remember […]