Gracie, profoundly developmentally delayed with spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, was nineteen years old when Lifecare Innovations was first contacted to provide for a five year plan detailing her care and expenses. Gracie had outgrown her initial life care plan, completed by another third party source, given its general language and application.
Since the initial plan had been developed, many major life changes had occurred in Gracie’s life. Her parents had gotten legally separated and were also separated from one another by distance as they lived in separate homes, dividing up care and responsibilities for Gracie and doing so with less than desirable communications. Gracie’s condition had progressed with a seizure disorder and scoliosis being added to her diagnostic list requiring advanced treatment. The landscape of disability had changed.
The 21st century economy forced once available and much needed programming to limit or deny resources. Conversely, new developments in technology and treatment in the 21st century have provided greater advantages, along with greater costs. Finally, Gracie is approaching the end of her school aged programming in the public school sector which calls for further and more specific refining of both public and private resources.
Used in the probate court, the five year plan created by Lifecare Innovations benefitted parties in three key ways: 1) outlining, for Gracie’s parents who are legally separated, the most likely care needs and expenses of their daughter and doing so in manageable chunks of five years; 2) assisting the Guardian of Estate to make the most of trust monies by investing them in ways that maximize Gracie’s investments while also allowing for their ease of liquidity when needed; 3) informing the probate court of the status of the ward, her needs and recommended care and care expenditures in order that they be able to provide for legal oversight of the guardian and ward alike. One year later, the probate court continues to use the plan as a guide to map Gracie’s care and expectations of her Guardian of Person and Estate.