Positive Social Programs for Dependants with Developmental Disabilities
Estate planning when you have children can be stressful enough, but when you have a child with a developmental disability, the worries surrounding that child’s future once the parents are gone is enough to keep one up at night. Thanks to organizations like Reena, parents in this situation no longer have to see their adult children institutionalized when they are no longer able to adequately care for them, whether due to illness or age.
Reena is a non-profit social service agency available to care for children with developmental disabilities right from infancy all the way through adulthood and into senior years. Established in 1973, the organization has grown to now support almost 1,000 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families through an assortment of programs.
Such programs include residential living opportunities, where individuals with developmental disabilities can live on a full-time basis in one of a variety of residential settings, such as in an apartment, group home or triplexe. The needs of individuals with developmental disabilities vary from supervised independent living to 24-hour-a-day care.
Similarly, Reena has built and operates two specially designed homes for older individuals with developmental disabilities who require significant medical and/or physical support. In these homes, Reena continues to provide staffing care for seniors whose increasing needs have made it impossible for them to continue living in an ordinary residence and who require care in a long-term care setting.
Reena might not the best option for every family where a child with developmental disabilities is involved. Nevertheless, it is important for parents of such children to be aware that such options exist. In this way, parents can start planning for their child’s future when thinking of their own mortality and, in turn, perhaps prevent some of those sleepless nights.
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