Life Planning

What is Life Planning?

Life Planning is the second step toward creating a comprehensive Special Needs Plan. You may be familiar with a Letter of Intent and/or Family Narrative. Your Life Plan should includes both of those elements, plus additional essential details about your child.

The ENABLE Life Plan helps you systematically record every essential detail of your child’s life by guiding you through a series of multiple choice and essay questions.

What this means is—your Life Plan will include details about your child’s daily routine, personal preferences, doctors, therapies, and medications, and much more—organized in document that’s easy to navigate and update—containing all of the details about your child’s life that perhaps right now you only know in your head.

Benefits of Life Planning:

The true benefit of creating a Life Plan is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that if something happened where you had to leave your child—for a quick trip or through a permanent transition—that someone else would have all of the necessary information in an organized, easily accessible and updatable document, that would allow them to step in to love and care for your child as seamlessly as possible and carry out the vision for their life that you have planned for.

What information will my Life Plan include?

The ENABLE Life Plan tool guides you through the following five modules:

  1. Information About Your Child/Loved One with Special Needs
  2. Health History and Medical Records for Your Child/Loved One with Special Needs
  3. Government Benefit Information for Your Child/Loved One with Special Needs
  4. Information About Your Family
  5. Your Transition Plan

Module 1: Information About Your Child/Loved One with Special Needs

The first module of your Life Plan will address the following topics:

  • Birth Information
  • Clothing and Shoe Sizes
  • Daily Routine Information
  • Times and Preferences
  • Hygiene Habits
  • Meals and Dietary Requirements
  • Personality Traits
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • …and more!

Module 2: Health History and Medical Records for Your Child/Loved One with Special Needs

The second module of your Life Plan will address the following topics:

  • Diagnoses
  • Physical Abilities
  • Allergies and Other Dietary Needs
  • Medications
  • Devices
  • Medical Professionals
  • Medical Insurances
  • …and more!

Module 3: Government Benefit Information for Your Child/Loved One with Special Needs

The third module of your Life Plan will address the following topics:

  • Federal Benefits and Services
  • Income Benefits
  • Medical Benefits
  • Housing Benefits
  • State and Private Benefits and Services
  • …and more!

Module 4: Information About Your Family

The fourth module of your Life Plan will address the following topics:

  • Information about Parent(s)
  • Information about Sibling(s)
  • Legal Relationships
  • …and more!

Module 5: Your Transition Plan

The fifth and final module of your Life Plan will address the following topics:

  • In Case of Emergency
  • Vision for Your Child’s Life When You’re No Longer Able to Care for Him or Her
  • Key Milestones and Major Life Transitions
  • …and more!

How often should I update my Life Plan?

We highly encourage families to update their loved one’s Life Plan every six to 12 months as key details are likely to change over time.

How do I learn more about Life Planning?

To learn more about Life Planning, check out our blog post Life Planning: If You Won a Weekend Getaway, Would You be Prepared to Leave Your Child with a Family Member?

Ready to start Life Planning?

Contact us today to learn more!