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.

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 […]

  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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

  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 […]

  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 […]