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Many people live with family members with intellectual disabilities. They valiantly care for their loved ones as long as possible.

Over time, many unforeseen dilemmas could render one physically or even emotionally unable to meet essential needs. Here are some things to consider:

Planning and placement now avoids crisis and decision making later.

It’s best to place your loved one in a group home now – in an environment of your choice – while you are well and not under extraordinary pressure. You can eliminate the possibility of placement in a situation that does not meet your approval.

You determine where your loved one will live.

An unexpected illness or accident could render you incapable of this decision. Resolving this now enables you to be the one who determines your loved one’s placement, instead of an officer of the courts or another individual who has no knowledge of and/or personal concern for them.

Be involved now in the transition to avoid abandonment issues in crisis.

In some cases, a person with disabilities (whose caregiver has died or becomes incapacitated), may be considered abandoned. The courts will decide the future of the person.

Rather than wondering about the future, you are assured your loved one will always be in a loving and caring group home.

Having personally taken care of your loved one, the thought of placing him or her in a group home can be very traumatic. We understand this all too well. Considering the placement of your loved one at this time, while you are able to be involved, will make the transition much less upsetting for your family. If suddenly placed into a situation without your support or love, he or she could be in a strange environment without the support of familiar family, friends, and caretakers.

Those of us at TLC have seen this scenario over and over again. We know well the heartache and difficulty it produces and would like to help you avoid the same situation. Some of the people who have lived with us have been a part of our family for well over 35 years. So rest assured, they are in good hands.

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