When you have children you take on additional responsibility for their welfare and education. Learning that your child has special needs may mean that you take on that responsibility for a longer period of time, and that you need to set up a better financial plan so that they will still be care for even if something happens to you. It is difficult to determine the best ways to help your disabled child at times, but planning for their future is something you need to do now.
Consider the Education Costs
One of the first things you should consider is the cost of education and or therapy for your child. When he is young you may qualify for early intervention programs that can help with therapy and other services that will help your child to work towards his fullest potential. It is important that you begin services as soon as possible, because the sooner you child gets help the better off he will be in the long run. Even though you may not think college is possible at this point, you should still be saving for it. You may also want to save so you can afford additional therapists or tutors for the future. When your child is very young, it may be difficult to determine just how much he will be able to progress throughout his life, and you do not want to hold him back because of poor planning.
Consider the Medical Costs
Many children with disabilities have additional medical costs because their disability may cause them to be sick more often or they may need extra things like a wheelchair or communication tools. Some of these will be covered under your health insurance. Others you may be required to pay out of pocket to purchase. Be sure that your child is on good health insurance that covers a lot of the costs. While your health insurance may cover some of the costs of some of the therapies, you may also get coverage through your child’s school district. Take advantage of all of the services that you can.
Setting Up a Trust
It is important to set up a trust for your disabled child. This trust will help provide for him once you are gone. Someone who will act in the best interests of your child should administer the trust. It can help pay for the care of your child once you pass away. It will allow him to stay in a good group home or care center. You can make decisions about where your child with live once he reaches the point where he is ready to move out or if you can no longer care for him at home. There are attorneys that specialize in setting up trusts, and you should see one that will help you make the best decisions for your child. Be sure that you have enough life insurance to fully fund this trust, in the event that you pass away unexpectedly.
Planning for the Future
When your child is young, you will not know what the best options are for him as far as living arrangements, job choices and even what his full potential will be. It is important to realize that as you plan. The best thing to do is to save enough money so that you can help him as he crosses each milestone. Additionally, seek out help and advice from people who work with people with disabilities on a regular basis. There are support groups in every community as well as social workers who specialize in helping you make well-informed decisions. As your child grows older you will be able to determine the best course of care for the long-term. It is important that you take your planning seriously so your child will be well cared for in the future.