Advice From Your Advocates

Advice From Your Advocates

A podcast dedicated to helping those who are helping our elders.

Episodes

February 2, 2024 34 mins

Unravel the complexities of healthcare directives with the expertise of Kelli King-Penner and myself, Bob Mannor, as we guide you through the legal maze of ensuring your medical wishes are respected. This enlightening conversation promises to illuminate Michigan's unique patient advocate designation and why it might be a better alternative to a living will. We don't just scratch the surface; we delve into the nuances that...

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Uncover the secrets of the latest Michigan law changes with Bob Mannor and Kelli King-Penner.

Episode Highlights:
Bob and Kelli emphasize the significance of durable power of attorney, a document enabling individuals to manage financial assets on behalf of someone unable to do so themselves. The episode delves into the nuances of the recently passed law, set to take effect on July 1, 2024.

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Imagine navigating the holiday season with a loved one living with dementia. It's undoubtedly a heart-wrenching reality, yet it also presents an opportunity to connect more profoundly with your loved one. This is the focus of our earnest conversation with the mighty compassionate Elisa Bosley chaplain and founder of Spiritual Elder Care.

In this fascinating episode, host Attorney Bob Mannor and Elisa tackle the sensit...

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Feeling the weight of caregiving? Curious about the signs of caregiver burnout and how to navigate them? Join us as we sit down with Danielle Chwalibog, a seasoned care planner and navigator at Mannor Law Group, who helps us sail through the tumultuous seas of caregiver burnout. Together, we unravel the emotional and physical toll it takes, particularly on spouses, and the necessity of separate spaces to prevent the emotional burde...

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Ever wondered how the system could impose penalties on you for simply caring for your loved ones? Prepare to have your eyes opened by Amy Persails, Planning Services Director at Mannor Law Group. Amy brings her vast experience in handling Medicaid cases to this discussion, revealing how the state of Michigan imposes penalties on families seeking in-home care for their elderly relatives. We unravel the intricate web of rules, the ho...

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Don't make this costly mistake. Medicare, Medicaid, and managing your money can be confusing territory. Tune in to this episode with Elder Law Attorney Bob Mannor & Amy Persails, Planning Services Director at Mannor Law Group, and walk away with a deeper understanding of these complex systems that could save you or someone you care for thousands of dollars. 

Bob & Amy clear some of the confusion between Medica...

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Ever wondered what could go wrong when estate planning isn't done right? Join esteemed elder law Attorney Bob Mannor and guest Attorney Kelli King-Penner, on this special Halloween episode, as they unfold some spine-chilling experiences in estate planning. Armed with tales from the trenches, they'll illuminate the importance of having powers of attorney, the complications of reversing a guardianship, and why adding your c...

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 Welcome to our enlightening conversation with Wendy Strayer, client services coordinator at Mannor Law Group. Wendy's expertise in estate planning helps us unravel the often misunderstood world of trusts and the peace of mind they can offer. She emphasizes that estate planning isn't reserved for the ultra-wealthy—it's a must for everyone, regardless of financial stature. 

Wendy keenly explains how establish...

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 21% of recent marriages involve both spouses marrying for at least the second time. This means that about 1 out of every 5 marriages in the United States is a second marriage.

Estate planning for second marriages and blended families may look different than their single marriage counterparts. Join us as we dive deep into estate planning specifics unique to these family dynamics.

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Do Not Resuscitate orders or DNRs:  chances are you've heard of this document, but many are unsure exactly what it means.  If you've wondered about DNRs, their implications, and the myths surrounding them, this episode will enlighten you.

We welcome back guest, Nikki Inches, a resident care navigator and social worker at Mannor Law Group, who shares her expansive knowledge on DNRs, helping us differentiate them f...

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Did you know that hospice care has evolved from being a last-days-of-life service to being a holistic approach that can occur in the patient's own home? Gain a wealth of knowledge in this enlightening chat with our special guest, Nikki Inches, LLMSW, and host Attorney Bob Mannor.  Nikki is not only a seasoned elder care navigator but also a dedicated social worker at Mannor Law Group. 

In this episode, Nikki unravels ...

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Want to understand the intricacies of the Aid and Attendance benefit program? Our host Attorney Bob Mannor,  walks us through the ins and outs of this potentially life-altering benefit for elder veterans. Nested under VA's improved pension program, this benefit could be the answer to your worries about independent living, assisted living and nursing home expenses, or even in-home care. Bob, an accredited expert by the Veterans...

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Have you ever been caught in the labyrinth of  long-term care for a family member - or as an elder care professional? This episode offers a beacon of hope with our guest, the accomplished attorney, Michael Lebenbom. He gives us a glimpse into his personal journey into law and his unwavering drive to advocate for individuals trapped within the complex machinery of the long-term care system. From his father's legacy to his remar...

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What if you could unmask the complexities of VA compensation benefits tied to Agent Orange-related illnesses? Attorney Bob Mannor, a leader on aging veterans' affairs, illuminates the recent changes in VA compensation benefits, particularly focusing on the concept of presumptive illnesses. These diseases, as he explains, are automatically assumed to be linked to Agent Orange exposure in certain regions, freeing veterans from t...

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When was the last time you acted kindly towards someone, despite feeling like a complete jerk? In our heartfelt conversation with Reverend Joe Krupp, we explore the power of kindness, generosity, and patience in our interactions, especially when dealing with families and caregivers of those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's. Father Joe shares his personal experiences and offers three key rules to live by: act how you wish...

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We had the privilege of sitting down with the inspiring Reverend Joe Krupp, whose magnetic personality and uplifting attitude have touched countless lives. As the chaplain for the Michigan State football team, he has provided comfort and joy to many families during the pandemic. Listen in as we discuss his incredible journey, including the heartwarming story of how he brought happiness to a family on a wife's birthday, despite...

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What if we told you there's a therapy that helps elderly patients regain their self-care, strength, balance, and coordination for daily activities? Welcome Danielle Hopkins, an occupational therapist at both McLaren Hospital and Wellbridge of Grand Blanc, who joins us to shed light on the crucial differences between occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as her experiences working with stroke patients and using ada...

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In this episode, Bob and guest, Amy Leep, BSN & Founder of Comply Services, LLC, dive into the importance of person-centered care. This is intended to learn about the individual being helped and what techniques are going to work best for them.

Amy helps organizations with this by studying a facility and identifying what policies may or may not be in place for people with specific impairments to ensure that each organiz...

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April 27, 2023 37 mins

Attorney Bob Mannor speaks with Pamela Wilson, SA, MS, BS/BA,CG, who is an expert in the field of caregiving. Pamela has personally helped thousands of families since the year 2000 through her advocacy, educational speaking engagements, appointed guardian positions, and support channels via her Facebook group, published book, and her own podcast.

Through her work, Pamela intends to help caregivers and people in the field come togeth...

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Rethinking health and fitness for seniors - it's saving lives! 

On this interesting and fun episode of Advice From Your Advocates, Bob sat down with Jennifer Joyner who is a Health and Wellness Program Coordinator at Valley Area Agency on Aging. Jennifer is also a certified Arthritis Instructor through the Arthritis Foundation and certified with Silver Sneakers as an instructor. She has been teaching the evidence-base...

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