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.

Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 – December 7 – Choose Wisely

Medicare health and drug plans make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 - December 7 marks the annual Open Enrollment Period when individuals with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. Per the AARP website, here are some questions to ask yourself during the Open Enrollment Period: How much will I have to pay for premiums, deductibles, doctor visits and hospital stays? Will I have to [...]

By |2017-10-26T14:46:07-04:00October 27th, 2017|Blog, Medicare|

Elder Care Resources for New Jersey

  It is no secret that navigating the long-term care system is an overwhelming process. In New Jersey, there are 21 counties and each county has an Area Agency on Aging. Services funded and available through the Area Agencies on Aging may include information and assistance, outreach, transportation, case management, homemaker, respite, telephone reassurance, legal assistance, education, and caregiver support, etc. Meals provided in a group setting and delivered to the home are also available through the Area Agencies on Aging. The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is a program to [...]

By |2017-09-05T16:24:08-04:00September 8th, 2017|Blog, Elder Care|

Heat Warnings in Senior Citizens

Summer is here and judging by the 90+ degree heatwave we just had, it is going to be a loooong three months. Back in August 2009, I wrote a blog on “Summertime Tips.” But, in doing research to write this current blog on “Heat Warnings in Seniors,” I wanted to review some points from my previous blog that are still important today. Below are some tips from www.medicalnewstoday.com to help us through this oppressive, unbearable, Philadelphia/South Jersey heat: What’s The Hurry? Summer should be enjoyed, so why rush? The [...]

By |2017-08-25T14:52:30-04:00July 21st, 2017|Blog, Elder Care|

Advice for Caregivers & Dementia Patients

As a social worker, I am often asked how I stay calm and patient, when interacting with a dementia client, who presents with tear-fullness and confusion, or asks repetitive questions. Here are three tips: 1) I take a deep breath and speak with the dementia patient, slowly and calmly.  Our patients, whether they are diagnosed with dementia or not, can read our body language and sense our emotions. Therefore, for a patient diagnosed with dementia (who is already presenting as agitated and tearful), I check my emotions at the [...]

By |2017-05-22T14:28:39-04:00June 9th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

National Nurses Day – Gratitude

  I come from a family of nurses. My mom, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and all of my aunts and cousins, and extended family are nurses. Growing up in a family of nurses, here is what I’ve learned about them: 1. Nurses have an unbelievable work ethic. One eight-hour shift is never enough. They are always readily available, when the hospital or nursing home calls them in need of extra help, even after they’ve worked a 12-hour shift. 2. Nurses are advocates for their patients. Nurses will fight for their patients, [...]

By |2017-05-16T12:32:13-04:00May 12th, 2017|Blog, Nursing Home|

Winter Blues? Tips to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

  When you are a caregiver, you are always on. It is not a 9-5 job. But, in order to prevent burnout, you have to be cognizant of scheduling some time away for yourself. Here is a checklist on how to tackle setting aside time for yourself 1. Look ahead. Is there a weekend that you would like to target in order to watch a movie, visit a museum, or have lunch with friends? 2. Plan Block this time on you calendar and commit to it. 3. Reach out [...]

By |2017-05-16T12:27:21-04:00March 17th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

Do I Need a Caregiver Support Group?

  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, when it comes to caring for my parents. Like you, I ask myself, “Could I do more?” Or, “When is it okay to say, ‘no,’ so I could focus on my own sanity?” That [...]

By |2017-01-03T15:03:26-05:00January 27th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

How to Enjoy the Holidays with Senior Citizens

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 the family get-togethers and dinners. When someone is a caregiver, chances are that person is already stressed and this just adds to every day pressures.” De Leon-Male offers practical advice that can be helpful [...]

By |2016-12-19T16:41:34-05:00November 22nd, 2016|Around the Office, Blog|

How to work with your siblings to benefit your parents?

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 from out of town to meet you. But instead of experiencing a joyful reunion with your siblings, you find that the stress of your elderly loved one’s current health condition becomes overwhelming. Mom or [...]

By |2016-09-22T13:31:34-04:00September 17th, 2016|Blog, Caregiver|

The Grief for a Loved One

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 you every step of the way - caring for the ill spouse. Now that the spouse has passed, they are grieving like you. But unlike you, they harbor feelings, emotions, or memories that were [...]

By |2016-08-16T14:19:34-04:00August 10th, 2016|Blog, Caregiver|

Pre-Surgery and Post-Op Surgery Checklist

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 complete an upper left lobectomy (meaning the surgeon had to remove a part of his upper left lung). My dad is only 70-years old, and this is what we did to prepare for his [...]

By |2016-07-29T13:42:28-04:00July 22nd, 2016|Blog, Elder Care|

Medicaid in New Jersey – What You Need to Know

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 application. 2. Some basic documents that are needed to start the application process are: a. Front and back copies of all health insurance cards, including Social Security card; b. Birth certificate; c. Five years [...]

By |2016-04-01T14:56:41-04:00February 26th, 2016|Blog, Medicaid|

Can I Afford an In-Home Caregiver?

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 and medical situation, home care might or might not be the solution. One might also have to consider adult medical day care, in conjunction with home care, in order to keep a person safe within the home. In [...]

By |2016-02-12T11:23:02-05:00February 5th, 2016|Blog, Caregiver|

CPR or DNR for Elderly Patients?

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 their assisted living apartment or nursing home room. I would always include the nurses from the assisted living or nursing home in that discussion with the family and I, as they are the ones [...]

By |2015-09-17T12:36:12-04:00August 28th, 2015|Assisted Living, Blog, Nursing Home|

Feeding Tubes and The Elderly

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 of feeding tubes in adults with advanced dementia. Read more at: http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/article/when-evidence-clashes-emotion-feeding-tubes-advanced-dementia#.dpuf

By |2015-08-18T15:18:19-04:00July 31st, 2015|Blog, Elder Care|
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