Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

The Hassle Factor

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

The Hassle Factor

Article excerpt

You can get a jump on health care reform by taking stock of the services your family and your child with a chronic illness or disability currently receive, and who provides them.

Here are some questions you may want to evaluate on a scale of one to five to take stock of your current health care status.

1. My child and family receive all preventive or primary health care, including immunizations, well-child check-ups, developmental, treatment, mental health care and support services.

Little Hassle ..........Huge Hassle
   1      2      3      4      5

2. My child's school, health and medical, social or county services assessments are based on the things my child does every day (activities of daily living). Our physicians, teachers, therapists, social workers and other providers deliver services based on what our child can do.

Little Hassle ..........Huge Hassle
    1      2      3     4      5

3. List the name and telephone number of each case coordinator, case manager, or other person who recommends, assesses or approves services for your child. How many do you have?

Little Hassle ..........Huge Hassle
     1     2     3     4     5

4. List the name and number of the person(s) you call if there is an emergency.

Little Hassle ..........Huge Hassle
    1     2     3     4     5

5. Our teachers, physicians and social workers have a good understanding of the educational, medical and social services our child receives. They understand our child's needs, communicate, and coordinate services with one another.

Little Hassle ..........Huge Hassle
    1     2     3     4     5

6. We are able to identify funding sources and/or pay for the services for our family.

Little Hassle ..........Huge Hassle
    1     2     3     4     5

SCORING:

Add up the number answered in each of the questions to determine your "Hassle Factor. …

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