Cost-Saving Strategies

Cost-Saving Strategies

It’s no surprise to anyone that children with special needs require a good number of services, therapies, support systems, equipment, medications and other items that are not consistently covered by certain health insurance plans or government programs they are participating in.

Here are a few tried and true strategies for covering these costs. Not every one will work for a specific family, but even if you can find a few on this list that work, it could save countless dollars, hours of labor, and headaches that come with dealing with these issues on a daily basis.

  • Apply for all possible government programs, even if you don’t think you are eligible. Here is a comprehensive overview of temporary Illinois assistance programs for families with limited financial means.
  • Connect to a Child Care Nurse Consultant who assists families of children with special needs and community childcare providers to facilitate successful inclusion. Here is a link to the regionally-based Child Care Nurse Consultant directory.
  • Check with your local Illinois Health Department to find public health programs in your community. See if your child (and you) can receive, for example, free or low-cost immunizations, well-child care, or other services.
  • In addition to seeking out financial resources specifically related to your child’s medical/disability needs, focus on resources and strategies for your overall family financial situation that may “free up” funds that can then be designated for “special needs expenses”. Visit the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Services “Getting Through Tough Economic Times”website for practical advice and resources.
  • Find other families and share the cost of hiring a support staff person for group respite sessions. Check out Milestone Therapy’s Respite Nights, an opportunity to have a night out knowing that skilled pediatric caregivers are caring for your children. Only $10 for the night. Please visit Respite night for more information and dates.
  • Check with your employer, community groups and houses of worship for local grant funding options.
  • Seek out students from local colleges who may be able to get practicum credits while volunteering to learn with your child. Find colleges and universities in your area via the Illinois Board of Higher Education website.
  • Contact local high schools (both public and private) for students seeking community service opportunities.
  • Contact service organizations in your community (boy/girl scouts, houses of worship, fraternal organizations, sororities, alumni associations) for volunteers and fundraising ideas.
  • Accept offers of help from friends and neighbors – make up a list of things they can help with (examples: running errands, rides to appointments, help with chores, respite, babysitting, lawn care, meal preparation, pet care, etc). Keep your list handy when people say “let me know if there’s anything I can do to help”.

Visit our Community Resource Guide for additional resources.

Upcoming Events

13 /April

01:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Parenting in the Kitchen: Home Strategies for Families in Feeding Therapy

Location: Milestone Therapy, 370 W 80th Pl, Merrillville IN 46410

Please note: In order to allow a larger audience to learn from Melanie, we will be providing chairs, but not tables in the room. Please feel free to bring a clipboard or other writing surface if you’d like to take notes while seated.

Course Description: This seminar connects professionals with tools to parents of children who struggle to eat. Parents of children with feeding disorders face challenges at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time. They often spend the day worried about how much their child will consume, unsure of how to help them learn to eat with more variety and concerned about the child’s nutritional health. Studies have shown that as parental stress increases, positive parent-child interactions decrease. A consistent, positive feeding relationship between parent and child is essential to making progress in feeding therapy. Those who treat children for feeding difficulties want to know how to support both the child and the family with practical, everyday strategies. What approach can parents take to bring joy back to the family table while the child’s feeding development improves over time? A child’s relationship with food influences family dynamics, therefore a family-centered approach to treatment is essential to progress feeding skills.

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11 /April

11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

April 2019 Respite Night

Milestone Therapy is hosting another Parent Respite Night – open gym, crafts, and games for our young clients and their siblings from ages 0-16.

While your children are in the hands of some very skilled pediatric caregivers, why don’t you escape for a few hours? Maybe a nice dinner or a few drinks, anything to help you relax.

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