We hope this article can help any of our couples who live with disabilities prepare and plan for parenthood. We were certainly inspired by Ashley's story ourselves!
Money & Finances
- If you plan on taking maternity or paternity leave, make sure all living costs (rent, bills, food budget) are covered before you begin.
- Cut out large, unnecessary expenses.
- When you have a disability, adequate health insurance is not enough. Spending more on a better plan ensures your conditions will be covered and future out-of-pocket costs will be lower.
- Start budgeting today. It’s more work, but it becomes easier with practice and stops you from overspending.
- Create an emergency fund that you can access at any time.
- See if you qualify for government disability financial assistance.
Renovations for a Safer Home
- Create step-free entrances by replacing steps with ramps that make navigating elevation changes in the house a breeze.
- Make doorways wider with expandable hinges.
- Skid-resistant flooring prevents dangerous slip-and-fall injuries
- Install safety rails in the bathroom to make it easier to get up and down during bathtime.
- Revamp your storage to make necessities easier to access.
- Anchor furniture throughout the house.
- Create a stable outdoor play area with a do-it-yourself patio.
- Attach sling belts to counters for added stability when you are standing at them.
- Replace shower heads with handheld sprayers.
- Use risers to adjust your child’s crib or bed to the perfect height.