Every parent of a child with special needs worries about what will happen if (or when) they predecease their child. But a story I read last weekend sent chills up my spine. It was about a mother in Bergen County who died from the coronavirus, leaving her 30-year-old son with Down syndrome. Her son was left panicked and devastated, sadly succumbing to the virus shortly thereafter himself. While this is an especially scary (and, thankfully, relatively rare) scenario, there are things you can and should do to prepare for a crisis. For that reason, we offer our Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series to address these issues.
We will discuss advocacy efforts for your child with special needs if he or she must be hospitalized during the pandemic, address ways to receive more support at home and how you may be able to be paid as a caregiver during this crisis, and review the preparation of contingency plans if you or your child’s caregiver becomes ill. We will also outline what documents you should have in place for an emergency and the considerations to take into account when doing so.
Throughout this series, the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group will be joined by experts like Trish Colucci Barbosa, RN and Care Manager, and Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant. We will cover legal, financial, care, and psychosocial issues such as guardianship, public benefits, ABLE accounts, life care planning, supported decision-making, residential options, and much more.
Join us on Thursday, May 21, at noon for our introductory webinar, “Taking Control – Harnessing Anxiety and Turning it Into a Plan.” For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com. To save the dates for future segments, click here.
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