Think about all the details you know about your child and his or her life. As the parent of a child with special needs, there are some things that only you know. And, if you weren’t there, that information would be lost. What impact would that have on your child’s life?
A care plan can ensure that all the important information about your child, down to the smallest detail, is communicated to his or her guardian or trustee. Often done in the form of a Letter of Intent, a care plan is simply a written document that lets your child’s future caretaker know all of your concerns, wishes and desires for your child. What does it include?
It explains your child’s social, educational, medical, emotional, and financial needs. It also lets your child’s guardian or trustee know how capable your child is of taking care of each of these needs on his or her own, and what kind of additional help is necessary. A good care plan paints a detailed picture of your child’s needs and abilities, and can be broken down into categories, such as:
- Family History
- Medical History
- Educational History/Status
- Important Contacts
- Daily Routines and Habits
- Personal Preferences
Your estate planning attorney can help you establish a care plan for your child. And, once it’s established, your plan should be updated regularly and stored in a safe place, along with your other estate planning documents.