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Principled Advocacy For Families And Individuals With Disabilities And The Professionals Who Serve Them

Reviewing your support strategy as the new year dawns

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2023 | Estate Planning

The start of the new year is a valuable time for reflection and planning, particularly for those supporting loved ones with disabilities. This period offers a unique opportunity to review and adjust both financial and practical strategies to ensure the best possible care and support.

Start by reflecting on the care and support your loved one is receiving. Is it meeting their current needs? Are there areas for improvement? The new year can be a time to consider changes or enhancements to their care plan, whether that’s through additional therapies, educational programs or lifestyle changes.

Considerations worth pondering

When reviewing your support strategy, it can help to conduct a thorough review of your financial plan. This includes assessing your budget, savings and expenditure related to your loved one’s care. Consider any changes in their needs that might require financial adjustments. It’s also a good time to review any disability benefits or assistance programs you’re currently utilizing to ensure they’re still meeting your needs effectively, as the beginning of the year is also an excellent time to research and apply for any additional support that could ease financial burdens.

You’ll also want to ensure that your legal and estate planning is up to date, especially if there have been any changes in laws or your personal circumstances. This might include revisiting wills, trusts or guardianship arrangements to ensure they still align with your current wishes and needs.

Finally, keep in mind that supporting a loved one with disabilities can be challenging, and caregiver burnout is a real concern. Make self-care a priority in your planning. This might include setting aside time for yourself, seeking support from community resources or seeking legal guidance to better understand how you can make your arrangements more workable for everyone.