Planning for the future
Life changes. Some changes can't be predicted but there are certain identifiable 'turning points' that can be planned for, like:
- starting school
- finishing school
- starting work
- leaving home
- retiring from the workforce.
Where do you start?
- Focus on the person for whom you are planning. Who is this person? What are her interests? What are his gifts and talents? What does this person want from life?
- Wherever possible, talk about it together
- Planning for a good life means considering:
- the qualities that make a good home
- friendships and social connections
- passions and interests
- educational and learning needs
- holiday and leisure times
- safety and security.
- What supports may be needed to realise this vision?
With this vision in mind, seek out specific legal and financial advice such as making a will.
Also, the booklet Planning for the future: people with disability guides families through the maze of issues that need to be considered when planning the ongoing care and support of a family member with a disability.
Contact your local disability service centre for more information about planning services in your area.
- The booklet Planning for Now, Tomorrow and the Future helps families clarify their vision for their family member with a disability and to plan to implement that vision. Contact Pave the Way for more information.
- The booklet Planning for the Future: People with disability guides families through the issues that need to be considered when planning the ongoing care and support of a family member with a disability. Contact The Australian Government's Department of Social Services for more information.
- Find out about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how you can prepare for the NDIS in Queensland.