Needing Care While Bringing Peace of Mind to Their Families and Professional Advisors
SUN CITY CENTER, FL. (December 6, 2016) – IKOR, a growing network of offices offering healthcare and financial advocacy, life care management services and guardianship, announced today that it has opened a new branch here to help secure proper care and optimal quality of life for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Hillsborough County.
Sun City Center resident Joel Bakole Kalamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who emigrated to Canada to pursue both a bachelor’s degree in statistics and a master’s degree in economics and then went on to gain extensive experience working for one of Canada’s largest banks, will serve as managing director of IKOR of Hillsborough County South. He says he knows first-hand the challenges and strife faced by those responsible for a loved one’s care, as he relocated to Florida to care for his own ailing mother, who suffers from a chronic illness.
“Caring for my mother through her illness has made it all too clear for me how complex the responsibility is and yet how important every decision and action is in the quality of life of someone needing care,” he says. “But I’ve also realized there is a severe lack of support out there, especially for seniors in my area. I want to make a significant impact on the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities and special needs, as well as those who care for them, helping them all achieve fulfillment and peace of mind knowing that they’re in good hands.”
Joel Bakole Kalamba is a certified senior advisor (CSA) and is fluent in English, French and Lingala. His staff includes Barbara Caleca, a Registered Nurse who has spent nearly 15 years focusing on patient safety and quality improvement for Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Health Care Center in St. Charles, MO. Barbara will serve as the office’s Registered Nurse Advocate.
The new office will provide IKOR’s comprehensive portfolio of medical, financial and disability advocacy and life care management services to seniors, individuals with disabilities and those with special needs, optimizing their quality of life and bringing peace of mind to their families and appointed legal and fiduciary advisors. Whether it’s an aging parent whose evolving needs are weighing more heavily on their family, a child with a physical or developmental disability who requires proper provisions today and a solid care plan for the future, or any individual with a disability who needs an authoritative voice in his or her corner, IKOR’s experienced staff secure, maintain and manage the best-possible situations. Legal and fiduciary professionals similarly look to IKOR as a trusted resource for managing their clients’ care.
IKOR’s comprehensive care management solution consists of Registered Nurse Advocates who have specialized training from IKOR and a thorough understanding of medical advocacy. They help navigate the complex and often fragmented care systems, determine each client’s specific medical needs and coordinate the delivery of care services in a way that provides optimal quality of life, meets personal preferences and maximizes both dignity and independence. They are available to established clients all day, every day to address healthcare management, environmental or psychosocial crises. Specially trained staff on-call in each office can also handle Power of Attorney authorizations, provide financial advocacy such as tackling routine bill-pay, and ensure that clients receive all public-program assistance to which they are entitled. Through its proprietary database-driven system, Datikor®, IKOR also ensures that everyone officially involved in a client’s case has real-time access to the information they need for peace of mind and seamless, accurate care.
IKOR has been providing these services for nearly two decades through a nationally expanding network. The company recently added Life Care Management services to help shoulder the burden of managing everyday life. For seniors, this may include:
- navigating the healthcare system and advocating for proper care;
- choosing the best living arrangements;
- paying bills to ensure necessary products and services continue uninterrupted;
- weeding out fraudulent offers and other scam mail;
- serving as an objective third-party immune to the pressures of internal family conflict;
- and other activities designed to alleviate the excessive demands on time, emotional exhaustion and feelings of being overwhelmed that often accompany major life decisions or when separated by too long a distance to be on-call throughout the day, every day.
IKOR also helps young clients with mental or physical disabilities and their families, assisting them in setting up living situations that afford the maximum independence appropriate for their current and future needs, ensuring that they are getting all the services and support to which they’re entitled while avoiding unwarranted expense, and securing further education and employment, enabling them to become more productive members of society.
IKOR of Hillsborough County South is located at 129 South Pebble Beach Blvd. in Sun City Center. To inquire about services, contact Joel Bakole Kalamba at Joel.Kalamba@ikorglobal.com or (813) 773-7700 or visit https://ikorglobal.com/locations/hillsborough-co-south/. General information on IKOR, including the company’s approach to healthcare and financial advocacy and guardianship, a complete list of services, client testimonials and more, may be found online at http://www.ikorglobal.com.