IKOR Opens New Healthcare Advocacy and Guardianship Branch To Help Seniors and the Disabled in Ohio’s Franklin County Secure Optimal Care

Shanna Huber, a Registered Nurse with Background in Hospitals and Schools, Will Pursue Quality of Life for Those Needing Care, Peace of Mind for Others Concerned for Their Welfare

June 27, 2013 // Franchising.com // DUBLIN, Ohio – IKOR, a growing network of healthcare and financial advocacy and guardianship offices, opened a new branch here yesterday to help ensure the proper care of seniors and the disabled throughout Franklin County. IKOR of Greater Columbus will help establish and maintain optimal situations for individuals who need short-term or long-term care while providing peace of mind to their loved ones and needed and welcome support to the legal and fiduciary professionals who help manage their estates.

Shanna Huber, a Registered Nurse who has worked for Columbus City Schools, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Grant Medical Center and Mount Carmel Medical Center, will lead the new office. She will help those shouldering the care of seniors or disabled individuals – family members as well as legal professionals, fiduciaries and other professionals – arrange and maintain the best-possible situations for their care. From determining whether remaining at home is viable and what provisions may be necessary, to coordinating, attending and tracking the outcome of medical appointments, to formulating and pursuing a plan for ongoing living conditions and care, to monitoring an individual’s care providers and many other specialized and everyday tasks, IKOR ensures that those needing assistance are treated in a manner best-suited to their needs, most conducive to preserving their dignity and most closely matching their stated quality-of-life desires.

IKOR also provides an authoritative voice to those unable to speak out or stand up for themselves, including individuals facing situations of financial abuse or other cases where their physical, mental, emotional or financial security has been compromised. Each office also provides trained financial advocates who can handle Power of Attorney authorizations, routine financial management and bill paying, and other non-medical services.

IKOR’s services are divided into three core areas:

  • Professional, experienced dedicated personnel – Every IKOR office includes Registered Nurse Patient Advocates, available all day, every day to address healthcare management, environmental or psychosocial crises. In addition, specially trained staff on-call in each office provide financial advocacy such as handling routine bill-pay and ensuring that clients receive all public-program assistance to which they are entitled.
  • The IKOR Approach” – A sophisticated system incorporating a needs assessment, on-site quality assurance, care services coordination and development of short-term and long-term strategic plans. The IKOR Approach addresses every medical, environmental, psychosocial and educational issue that affects an individual, offering the best choices to address his or her specific needs.
  • Sophisticated technology – Datikor®, a proprietary database-driven system at the heart of The IKOR Approach, ensures that no matter how near or far or what time of day, everyone officially involved in an IKOR client’s case management has secure access to the updated information they need for peace of mind and seamless, accurate care.

“Caring for an aging parent, a disabled individual or someone with special needs presents many tough decisions and demands time and energy that can bring considerable strife and sacrifice,” says Patricia A. Maisano, CEO/Founder of IKOR. “Fiduciaries may feel unable to manage matters appropriately, while family members may be physically, logistically or emotionally incapable of meeting these demands. Our trained professionals are experienced in dealing with such challenges, and can bring welcome relief.”

Combining Experience and Compassion for Others for Optimal Results

Shanna Huber brings a wealth of healthcare experience to her new role as Managing Director of the Dublin office. In addition to earning RN and school nurse licensure and the numerous nursing positions she has held, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master’s in Nursing with a specialty in healthcare education. She is a member of the Ohio Society for Health Consumer Advocacy, the National Guardianship Association and is a Certified Senior Advisor. Devoting her spare time to human rights advocacy, she has sponsored women through Women for Women International, an organization that provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, and supports local efforts of DOMA, an organization that assists human trafficking survivors in the United States.

“I’m looking forward to helping people in a much larger capacity through IKOR,” Huber says. “My husband’s cousin is disabled and has one parent who passed away and another who is aging. As a parent myself, I would worry about the care of my adult child after my passing, so I can appreciate the concerns others have and look forward to bringing them peace of mind.”

IKOR of Greater Columbus maintains offices at 565 Metro Place South, Suite 300 in Dublin. To inquire about specific IKOR services, contact Shanna Huber at shuber@ikorusa.com or call (614) 401-8300, ext. 707. 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 www.ikorusa.com.

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