At All Needs Planning we know that a comprehensive special needs life plan must go beyond financial and legal considerations to encompass a variety of support issues to ensure the well-being and quality of life of your special needs loved one, as well as your entire family. That’s why your Special Needs Master Plan includes a family-centered Support Strategy to specifically address those issues.
According to studies, two out of every five special needs families spend more than 40 hours a week caring for a family member. This often creates a stressful situation for the entire family, and one that can sometimes even undermine the quality of care being provided. Our goal is to help you create an infrastructure that ensures your loved one receives the best care possible and minimizes family stress. Your strategy will address issues and questions such as:
- What supports are currently in place, and what supports are still needed?
- How will you support healthy aging over time?
- Is there a plan for caregiver continuation in case a primary caregiver is no longer available?
- Do you have a plan for respite care or other types of care leave for family members?
We will work with you to assess the support needs of every member of the family and match their needs to the supports they are currently receiving. We will then identify the gaps and help create a strategy to fill them in.
Of course, the most important consideration in our effort is to ensure that the special needs individual is getting the support they need daily and far into the future. We strive to do just that with a Support Strategy that encompasses:
Person-Centered Planning: We look at the needs of EVERY member of the family, and build plans that address each person’s needs, goals, and dreams. Our planning lines up each family member’s needs, goals and dreams with the resources and supports they will need to achieve them.
Healthcare Planning: This involves coordinating medical care and therapy needs, understanding health insurance options, and planning for future healthcare needs. Additionally, ensuring access to appropriate medical professionals is an integral part of our focus here.
Educational and Vocational Planning: Individuals with special needs often require tailored educational and vocational opportunities. Their Support Strategy must encompass a plan for suitable schooling, vocational training, and ongoing educational support. Identifying community resources and programs that promote independence and skill development is essential.
Social and Recreational Activities: Enriching the life of your special needs loved one involves planning for social and recreational activities. This includes identifying community groups, recreational programs, and social opportunities that cater to his or her interests and abilities. Fostering a sense of community and belonging is vital for overall well-being.
Plan for Aging/Transition Planning: As individuals with special needs age, transition planning becomes crucial. This involves planning for transitions in living arrangements, employment, and caregiving. Creating a roadmap for these transitions ensures a smoother adjustment to changing circumstances.
We are passionate advocates for the families that we work with. From attending IEP meetings to working directly with public case managers, touring housing possibilities, meeting one-on-one with potential therapists, and interviewing potential caregivers, our support strategy looks to integrate every aspects of care that your family needs.