A Month of Mondays

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 in From Our Team- Blog

Christy Holland, MA Executive Director

Christy Holland, MA
Executive Director

Typically, the new calendar year is the time for resolutions and fresh starts. Sometime around now and the end of February dejection can hit when the “New Year Fervor” wears down. We may become disheartened that the reality of 2016 is not much different from how we felt in 2015. In January we’re catching up on everything we put off in December until “after the new year.” My former husband calls January a Month of Mondays. By this, he’s referring to the fact that there’s not that much to look forward to in the near future. To some extent, we experience let down after the hustle and bustle of the various end of year holidays. To boot, the weather is often bleak or challenging and after two feet of snow, hibernation sounds like a better idea than getting ahead on goals!

As support persons to those with Special Needs, these dynamics are even more severe. Each day holds unforeseen hurdles. Planning is in our sights, but just out of our reach. It seems nearly impossible to find time to:

  • Hire a lawyer to create a will or Special Needs Trust
  • Find a trustee who understands your family and will partner with
    family members to support your loved one with Special Needs.
  • Meet with a financial advisor to find out creative ways to fund a
    trust for your loved one.
  • Set up Care Management services with professionals you can trust to
    locate resources and/or cover some responsibilities to ease your

With all of the doctor appointments, meetings, family needs, running of the household, and possibly even fitting in a personal obligation or two… you never quite get around to these important Planning To-Do items.

So, if you are at all like me and finding yourself a bit dejected over the list of things you said you were going to do “in the new year”… If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done on a daily basis – let alone these Planning To-Do items that must get done… Or if it seems that there is just not time to reach out and even if there was, you’re a bit stumped as to where to start… it may help to talk it through with someone outside of your immediate circle who is central in the field of Special Needs. Maybe it would help to give us a call.

PLAN of PA was started by families who feel very similar to yours. We exist to provide support, planning and direction for you and your family. Our core services are Care Management and Administration of Special Needs Trusts, but we are connected to a whole host of legal professionals, financial advisors, and social service providers who can support you to do what needs to get done.

Happy Groundhog Day 2016!

The good news is that we have just made it through the “Month of Mondays. In addition, the snow is slowly melting and I just found out that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow – indicating that Spring will come early this year! Maybe you should give us a call and let us know what’s on your mind in terms of planning for the future of your loved one with Special Needs. We want to help you sort it through and create a PLAN that works for you and your family!