Many parents of children with disabilities have not made a Care Plan. Are you among them? With disabled children living longer and outliving their parents, planning for their future care should begin as soon as possible.
Thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, veterans can direct up to 50% of survivor’s benefits to a special needs trust. Read more for how they are funded and the requirements.
When planning for the future of a special needs child, many parents write a letter of intent for a future trustee or care manager. Yet, we’ve kept journals for years. Keep a journal of intent instead.
If you think your adult child is struggling with mental health, how do you offer support? In this article in the New York Times, Julie Halpert offers effective strategies that can at least open the door to a young adult receiving help if parents see signs that their child is struggling with mental health.
“Ethically, how responsible am I for my brother? How do I justify making arrangements for him to go into assisted living so I can enjoy the retirement we planned on, knowing that his quality of life will diminish? How do I set aside this strong sense of disappointment in myself?” ~ Name Withheld
People with disabilities are not all the same. They have different personalities, capacities and preferences. Residential options for the intellectually and developmentally disabled are not one size fits all.