Many parents feel like they’re in the dark when it comes to the effect Cerebral Palsy will have on their financial well-being.
Did you know that the medical costs of a child with Cerebral Palsy can be up to ten times more than those of a child without the condition?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approximate that the lifetime costs of care for a child with Cerebral Palsy can exceed 1 million dollars!
These costs include:
- doctor appointments
- possible surgeries
- hospital visits
- diagnostic testing
treatment for disorders that often occur alongside CP.
There are also home and vehicle modifications, assistive devices, adaptive apparel, home-help aides, and education programs, which can be rather costly.
Thankfully, these expenses don't have to lay on the shoulders of the family alone. There are programs that help parents pay for the needs of their child with cerebral palsy.
There are four ways to help help with CP costs
- Government benefits
- Charitable and non-profit organizations
- Early education programs for young children
- Compensation from lawsuits if the CP was caused by a malpractice.
It's important for parents and caretakers to know their options and benefits when it comes to caring for a loved-one with Cerebral Palsy, and recognize that they are not alone.