The past year has shown a lot of people in America, including in Maryland, just how important it is to take care of each other. Plenty of people have needed help, in more ways than one. For families who care for a loved one who has special needs, taking care of someone else is nothing new. And, while many people who care for a family member with special needs may have routines down that they follow carefully, what happens if something happens to you? Who will care for your family member with special needs?
Special needs planning
These questions oftentimes are not easy to answer, even with careful thought. A family member with special needs may depend on you for quite a bit when it comes to day-to-day needs. But, you are a family member – they should be able to count on you. If something happens to you and you are no longer there to care for that family member, having a plan in place could go a long way toward establishing a financial situation that could help ease the burden of change that family member with special needs might experience in that crucial time.
Special needs planning should not only include financial planning, but caretaker planning as well. Is there another family member who would be able to step in? A paid at-home caretaker? Is an assisted living center an option? These considerations, along with many others, can all be part of the planning process to secure the future for your family member with special needs.
Making the right decisions
At our law firm, we work with Maryland residents who want to do what is best to help care for their family members. We know the deep concern that comes with facing these uncertain questions, which may have uncertain answers. For more information about how we might be able to help, please visit the special needs planning overview section of our law firm’s website.