Since this month's topic is legal issues, I wanted to start looking at what I've heard experts say is the most important "first step" in planning for the future - the Letter of Intent (LOI).
From what I've read (I'm no lawyer) the LOI is NOT a legally binding document, but it is a way for parents to let their wishes be known. It's also a tool to help other caregivers understand your loved one's habits and routines.
It's important to create - and update.
Letter of Intent
Originally posted by Stephanie Holland 4/17/14
I'm guilty of procrastinating on this. I haven't wanted to think about a time when Josh and I are separated. Most of us don't. I am starting, reluctantly, to admit to myself that planning for the future is something I owe my son. So, I'll share with you what I'm learning, the resources I find helpful, and hopefully it will inspire me to get this done!
Originally posted by Stephanie Holland 4/6/14
In the News
One of my roles here on The Road is to scour the news for stories that are relevant to our community. I usually share them via “ScoopIt” and post them to our RebelMouse site. Once in a while I’ll be particularly interested in a story and elaborate on it either on FaceBook or here, on my blog page.
Two recent articles about lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of people with developmental disabilities caught my attention.
Can We Talk? - "Consent"
78-year-old Henry Rayhons is facing third-degree sexual abuse charges for having relations with his wife who was living in a nursing home. The question is, since his wife had Alzheimer's disease, was she able to consent to a physical relationship?
Life on "the road" of caregiving for adults who have Down syndrome.
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