IKOR Opens in North Miami Beach, Bringing Life Care Management and Day-to-Day Support for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (December 12, 2016) – IKOR International, the first – and currently only – nationwide provider of advocacy and life management services for seniors and individuals with disabilities, announced the opening of its newest branch here today.
Operated by Aventura resident Daniel Coriat, an attorney for more than 20 years who has specialized in advocacy, litigation and public affairs, IKOR of Eastern Miami will assist seniors and individuals with disabilities in achieving proper care and optimal quality of life in line with their specific needs and stated desires. Coriat is joined in providing these services by Personal Needs Coordinator Helena Spack Bendjouia and Registered Nurse Advocate Cherriann Calhoun.
“This is Ground Zero for retirees looking for warmer climates and a friendly and relaxed lifestyle,” said Coriat. “Too often, however, family and friends that might help manage healthcare and financial matters live out of state, have obligations of their own, or lack the expertise to provide optimal assistance. We meet these challenges head-on. Our advocates not only ensure the efficient management of healthcare and finances, but are also trained to enable our clients to age safely in place, and to belong to a meaningful and stimulating psychosocial environment.”
Coriat practiced law in California and Florida, and holds an MBA in addition to his law degree. Prior to joining the IKOR network, he spent eight years in charge of corporate reputation in Latin America for Novartis, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. He is a registered professional guardian in the State of Florida, and a Certified Senior Advisor®, a designation that indicates a strong foundation of knowledge regarding the unique health, social, and financial issues related to aging. Widowed at an early age, he said he also has gained a deep understanding of the emotional toll and feeling of vulnerability caregivers and loved ones go through when dealing with care.
“I feel passionate about advocating for seniors and the disabled, not only to help them secure the situations they desire and dignity they deserve, but also to take the weight off the shoulders of those who have assumed or been assigned responsibility for their care. Having witnessed first-hand the many challenges that families and fiducial and legal appointees must endure when managing an individual’s care, I feel compelled to help those going through similar struggles.”
Since its launch in 2000, IKOR has grown to cover 54 territories across 19 states, bringing peace of mind to many families and worked with appointed legal and fiduciary advisors from elite entities such SEI, Brown Brothers Harriman, Pennsylvania Trust, PNC, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, BB&T, US Trust, Sun Trust, Bessemer Trust, and Bernstein Trust, to provide them with a reliable, round-the-clock resource for assuring their clients care needs are properly met.
IKOR’s approach starts with a careful and thorough evaluation of each client’s healthcare, emotional well-being, social interactions, environmental safety and finances. Based on this personalized assessment, the IKOR team develops a Life Plan addressing areas that may need improvement. IKOR clients emerge from this plan on stronger footing, knowing that IKOR is standing by to assist them when needed, an authoritative, dedicated watchdog in their corner ready to help on issues of any nature, often before they surface.
IKOR’s Registered Nurse Advocates 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®, a HIPAA-compliant cloud-based platform that provides clients real-time information on how their loved ones are doing, 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 is a trusted caregiver, my local eyes and ears. I don’t need to worry about having to travel on a moment’s notice, take time off from work, and leave family obligations on hold,” Joel, an out-of-state IKOR client visiting his mother in Miami said. Using Datikor, he added, “transparency and accountability run at optimal levels. I know exactly what IKOR does for my mom.”
IKOR recently added Life Management to its menu of services, to 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.
At the same time, IKOR helps younger clients get set up in living situations affording them the maximum independence appropriate for their current and future needs, ensure that they are getting all the services and support to which they’re entitled while avoiding unwarranted expense, and whenever possible secure further education and employment, enabling them to become more productive members of society.
IKOR of Eastern Miami is located at 2875 NE 191 Street, Suite 512, in North Miami Beach, Fla. To inquire about services, contact Daniel Coriat or call (305) 420-5916. 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.