Individuals with disabilities often rely on others to help them live the life they dream of. Choosing a disability service provider that best meets a person’s needs seems hard and there are many options. Where do you start? What questions do you ask? Careful planning will help you work through the options.
First, make a list of the things most important to you – your expectations. Then make a list of questions to ask. Avoid yes or no questions. Open-ended questions require the person to give detailed information.
Things to consider about a provider:
Questions to ask:
What to look for if you visit a group home:
Listen carefully. Jot down the answers to your questions, then compare answers to your expectations. This will help narrow down your options and help you decide on the best service provider for your loved one.
After making the difficult decision to medicate your child, with time and on occasions, old symptoms return or new ones appear. Once again, you’re faced with what felt like an already-made decision - to medicate higher or more, or not.