When you have a child with special needs, you may worry about what will happen if you become incapacitated. Putting together a care plan can give you peace of mind.
According to the Seattle Children’s Center for Children with Special Needs, a care plan is a comprehensive document that conveys the most important information about your child. It helps people understand how to provide the necessary care and what resources are available to them.
What information does the caregiver need?
A care plan should include all the information someone would need to take care of your child. This includes the following medical information:
- Medications and dosages
- Medical regime, including physical therapy and check-ups
- Emergency treatment
Additionally, you should include personal information about your child. Does he or she have allergies? What kind of tasks require assistance? The more information you can provide, the better other people will be able to step into this role smoothly.
Who needs a copy?
Once you create your care plan, you should share it with all the other people who provide services to your child. These people should know who you have authorized to be your child’s caregiver. For example, teachers should all have a copy. Additionally, doctors and therapists should have access to it. Ask yourself who will provide other types of care in an emergency. These people should all receive a copy as well.
As you distribute your care plan, you should encourage people to reach out to you if they have questions. This ensures that they will be ready to step into the role of a caregiver if you are suddenly incapacitated.