Have you or a loved one recently received a diagnosis of a degenerative illness or perhaps suffered a brain injury that may require a lengthy recovery period? This is the first in a series of informative articles to assist you with planning for on-going care needs.
Today’s column discusses identifying support services that may be beneficial for your particular situation. There are numerous degenerative diseases/conditions that require planning for the future. Locating support services to help you physically, emotionally and financially are important first steps.
Though the diagnosis may not change, there are options for supporting the best quality of life. Here are a few things to consider when acquiring information and getting a support system in place to help maintain your well-being and quality of life:
- Do some research and learn as much about the diagnosis as possible. If you are not seeing a specialist in that field, consult with your doctor and ask to be referred.
- Meet with a trusted financial planner or lawyer for advice on estate planning and legal documents you want to have in place for future care needs.
- Evaluate your living situation. Is it functional for what is going on, or do changes need to be made? Examples: wheelchair accessibility, property upkeep, and isolation.
- Don’t know where to start? Here are some local agencies that can help you with information and future Case Management assistance:
Next month, we’ll delve more into the services that the above agencies can help you with.
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