Life Care Management for Minors & Young Adults with Disabilities

Life unfolds with its own set of challenges, but when faced with a disability, the journey can often feel intensified with unique obstacles and concerns. Whether it’s navigating the day-to-day, securing proper care, or planning for the future, individuals with disabilities and their families can find themselves in need of specialized guidance.

Life Care Management serves as a beacon in these times, providing tailored support and expertise that alleviates uncertainties, fosters empowerment and ensures that every individual’s unique needs are met with compassion, understanding, and unwavering dedication.

At The Option Group, our Life Care Management program offers specialized services tailored to children and young adults aged 0-20. We also offer support services to their families. From early intervention to transition programs, we ensure every individual receives comprehensive support, particularly those diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and rare neurological disorders.

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Providing a Continuum of Care

From the earliest days of diagnosis through the challenges of growing up, our programs cater to each unique phase of life:

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Infant and Toddler Care

  • Comprehensive evaluations and treatment
  • Early intervention and care
  • Assistance with DDA applications

School-age Services

  • DDA school placements
  • IEP meetings and coordination
  • Medical care coordination
  • Yearly LISS grant applications
  • Self-directed services
  • Summer engagement programs and specialty camps
  • Independent neuro-psych evaluations

Home Services

  • Specialty home safety evaluations
  • Equipment recommendations and adjustments as abilities evolve

Transitioning to Adulthood

We believe in a seamless transition into adulthood. Our aging-out transition program commences at age 20, paving the way for age 21 and beyond. It includes readiness and preparedness for the following:

Career and Education Planning:

  • “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
  • Vocational assessment for areas of interest
  • College search, application, entrance, and support
  • Job readiness skills, interview techniques, and résumé writing
  • Job placement services, coaching, and on-the-job training
  • Collaboration with employers

Funding and Financial Planning

  • Planning documents for those with decision-making capacity
  • Self-directed funding and care coordination
  • Transferring funding to a 504 plan 

Social and Recreational Activities

  • Affinity group meetings based on hobbies and interests
  • Social group engagements
  • Appropriate adult socialization 

Health and Care Coordination

  • Coordinating care, medical appointments, and navigating healthcare
  • Housing and managing medical records
  • Maintaining health through holistic care management
  • Counseling, life coaching, and support services 

Independent Living and Transition Support

  • Housing considerations: Independent living vs. group homes
  • Strategies for maintaining independence 
  • Daily life skills training and support
  • Evaluating decision-making capacity
  • Addressing changes: Transitioning to larger wheelchairs, acquiring additional DME, adapting to wheelchair-accessible vans, learning to drive, and ensuring a home is accessible
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Support for Parents: Planning for Their Care When You’re No Longer Able

Your child’s future is paramount. Our program also offers vital support for parents, ensuring they’re equipped to plan for the future:

Legacy and Future Planning:

  • Planning for your child’s care alongside your end-of-life preparations
  • Addressing concerns: “What happens after I’m gone?”
  • Strategies to continue the care plan

Legal and Financial Preparedness:

  • Power of Attorney (POA) and guardianship guidance
  • Establishing special needs trusts and financial planning
  • Understanding and evaluating decision-making capacity

Support and Wellness for Parents:

  • Geriatric care management tailored for parents
  • Care coaching to ensure your well-being and readiness
  • Comprehensive therapy and counseling services to navigate emotional and logistical challenges

Ancillary Support Programs

We recognize that care extends beyond direct services. Our supplementary programs cater to caregivers, families, and siblings:

  • Caregiver support groups
  • Social groups
  • Self Advocacy Group
  • Seminars

Educational Seminars for Clients

  • Relationships/Dating/Sexuality
  • Adjustment to disability or new diagnosis
  • Caring for my elderly parent
  • Self Advocacy
  • Driving safety
  • Transitions:  to Middle School, High School, College, to Adulthood

Educational Seminars for Parents/Siblings/Families

  • Components of a good IEP
  • Planning docs for your SN child
  • All about a special needs trust
  •  Applications to:  DDA, DORS, to 504, etc
  • Planning for when you pass, what happens to my child?
  • Drop in for conversation and resources
  • Making the most of your IEP meeting
  • Making the most of your doctors appointments
  • Autism 101     
  • Financial planning for special needs
  • Sandwich generation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Adjustment to disability or new diagnosis 
  • Transitions: to Middle School, High School, to College, to Adulthood
  • How to support my sibling as my parents age

We’re Here to Support You in Life’s Journey

We invite you to explore our comprehensive suite of programs designed to empower, support, and uplift every individual every step of the way.