Everyone has “blind spots”. Some have more than others. Our loved ones who cherish their independence despite having invisible disabilities sometimes need just enough support to shed light on their blind spots. In this way, they can continue to live independently but with a robust safety net in place.
When operating with a “just enough support” mindset, we’re aware that the goal is independence. Our usual modus operandi of creating self-sufficient systems can go a long way in fixing the problematic areas. For example, consider paying bills and preventing service interruptions.
One client has benefited from a reminder text to take out the trash on Tuesdays. Another client felt that her gym was taking advantage of her disability in refusing to cancel her membership. And another had given up on pursuing a health insurance claim after running into a routine denial.
I also asked a friend for a wish list of things she would like a concierge-based service to do for her. “I would love someone to text me and remind me to eat,” she said. A close second would be some way to tell her if she can afford things while she shopped.
Over the last 20 years, the emphasis of health insurance companies has been to keep people with invisible disabilities at home under the constant supervision of guardians whenever possible. I understand that rationale, but I “raise you one”: Many more people could live independently than do now.
Judith Heft & Associates can tilt the scales in favor of your loved one — as much or as little as they want. We know how to speak to all sorts of people, and the young people say we’re totes for some reason. We’re also a fiduciary, which means we are required to look out for your loved one’s interests in everything we do.
People with invisible disabilities should know that we at Judith Heft & Associates see you. We get it. Loved ones of disabled people, you have an ally in us.