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As part of the special needs planning process, you should complete a Letter of Intent. This document provides direction for the person or persons who will care for your dependent with special needs. Although this is not a legally binding document, it can help ensure that future caregivers understand your wishes for your loved one with special needs. It will also allow the caregiver to more quickly learn how to deliver the very best care.
You should include as much detail as possible in your Letter of Intent; medical history, daily care needs, housing and services, as well as your specific wishes and expectations as they relate to your dependent's future. It is a working document for the future caregiver to follow.
One of the best ways to get started developing this letter is to think of a day in the life of your dependent. What are his or her habits? What are his or her routines? What makes him or her upset?