Do you feel overwhelmed at navigating the care system? Are you feeling ill-equipped to make the decisions you are facing to ensure the well-being of the one you care for? IKOR is here to help you. Our mission is to help our clients achieve an optimal level of wellness and improve coordination of care while providing cost effective, non-duplicative service. We do this by holistically examining every facet of our client’s lives. We evaluate the psychosocial, environmental, medical and financial aspects of our client’s lives to gain a comprehensive understanding of their situation. Then we develop a Life Map providing you with information and unbiased recommendations.

We understand tending to the needs of seniors and those with special needs can be overwhelming. An IKOR Advocate is a trusted expert here to provide you with honest advice to help guide you through these difficult decisions. Contact us today.

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890 Three Mile Road, NW Suite 7
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Phone: (616) 734-6645
Fax: (206) 984-2171

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Services Our Office Offers

We are independent advocates focused intently on meeting the needs of our clients. We are different from others that serve the needs of seniors and the disabled. We are advocates first, providing guidance, planning, oversight and the implementation of plans designed to focus on our client’s critical life challenges.

Life Management

  • Living Arrangements
  • Routine Bill Pay
  • Coordination & Oversight of Life Services
  • Ensuring Independence
  • Predatory Issues
  • Personal Rights Protection
  • Ensuring Safety & Independence

Medical Advocacy

  • Medical Oversight
  • Professionals in Crisis
  • Chronic Illness
  • Power of Attorney
  • Agent for Power of Attorney
  • Guardian of Person
  • Agent of Guardian

Financial Advocacy

  • Light Forensic Accounting
  • Routine Bill Pay
  • Power of Attorney
  • Agent for Power of Attorney
  • Guardian of Estate
  • Agent for Guardian of Estate

Disability Advocacy

  • Mental Health
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabled Individuals
  • Assisting Those in Need

IKOR of North Grand Rapids Advocates

When you are unsure where to turn to get help with life’s challenges, let an IKOR Advocate help. Through our Life Management Advocacy Plans, IKOR Advocates are able to gain a complete view of our client’s life and make objective recommendations to help them maintain or improve their quality of life.

Our client-centered approach goes beyond case management to offer integrated life and care coordination services. Our trained professionals can help manage the medical, financial and personal aspects of life. At IKOR, we simplify the complex parts of life so enabling our clients to focus on life’s more important moments.

Sanford Freed, Managing Director

Sanford Freed | IKOR North Grand Rapids, MISanford Freed is the Managing Director of IKOR of West Michigan. His passion to serve the elderly and their caregivers began in 1995 when he founded SafeCall Home Medical Alarms in Grand Rapids MI. He oversaw that company’s growth for twenty years. During that time, he witnessed first-hand how much difficulty people encountered when trying to navigate the health care system. He recognized that IKOR offered a unique set of services supported by solid health-care and financial management and operational expertise.

Sanford identifies the need for care planning as a critical tool for family caregivers to possess. He serves the West Michigan community through working with Making Choices Michigan as an Advance Care First Steps Facilitator; as a Steering Committee member of the Caregiver Resource Network and as a past President of the Kent County Council on Aging. Additionally, he makes public presentations as a Dementia Champion for Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids. Over the past fifteen years he has also been an advocate for the Hard of Hearing community.

Sanford is also involved with the community-wide effort to transform Grand Rapids, MI into an Age-Friendly City as recognized by the World Health Organization.

Sanford earned the Certification as a Senior Advisor in July, 2016.

Karen Vander Laan, Registered Nurse Advocate

Karen’s 30+ year nursing career started as a BSN (Calvin College) working in critical care with patients and family members.  Next, she cared for colleagues and patients, first as a Nurse Educator in an urban community hospital and then as a Burn Center Nurse Manager for a Level 1 Trauma hospital.  Upon earning her MSN (Wayne State University), she practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with interdisciplinary neuroscience, surgery, and orthopedic teams.  Next, she taught undergraduate senior nursing students in practicum rotations, theory courses, and seminars.  Karen earned her PhD in Nursing (Michigan State University), studying how people decide to engage in Advance Care Planning for future health care needs.  She then worked as a Senior Nurse Research to develop and direct the nursing research program for a Magnet®-designated health system.  Here she also served as an Ethics Consultant and Ethics Committee member, consulting with patients, family members, and health care professionals to help them navigate challenging health issues and decision-making.  Karen volunteers as an Advance Care Planning facilitator to help people discuss, decide, and document their choices for future health care.  She currently works as an independent consultant to strengthen professionals, students, and community members’ competencies.  Her work with clients and family members at IKOR of North Grand Rapids began in 2017.  She is excited to bring her wide range of knowledge and experience to serve clients, family members, and customers at IKOR of North Grand Rapids! 

Personal Needs Coordinators

Our Personal Needs Coordinators (PNCs) are experienced financial professionals who provide guidance, planning, oversight and the implementation of plans designed to focus on our client’s important life challenges. Personal Needs Coordinators can act as an independent, objective party to help make financial decisions that are in the best interest of our client. From helping the client find an appraiser for antiques or jewelry to helping our them liquidate assets or getting quotes and bids for home modifications and repairs, our PNCs are ready to help our clients make informed decisions.

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Contact Us


890 Three Mile Road, NW Suite 7
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Phone: (616) 734-6645
Fax: (206) 984-2171

 

 

 

 

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