Just about every family worries about money and being able to take care of any member of the family with special needs.
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A study by healthtalk.org showed that people with poorly-controlled epilepsy often felt that they could not work in rather stressful higher paid occupations thus their earning power was limited.
However, many people with well-controlled epilepsy and in full-time employment said that their condition did not affect them financially.
If a family member has epilepsy, you may need to figure out priorities, identify gaps, and get help to fill those gaps. Consider this:
Why is financial planning important in the management of epilepsy?
When you or someone you love has a chronic health problem, it is likely there will be out-of-pocket health care expenses.
Depending on the severity or type of epilepsy and associated conditions, there may be other additional health needs. All the same, these needs cost money to meet.
Also, epilepsy and other health problems can affect a person's ability to work and care for themselves.
Epilepsy can be disabling at times. You may need to find out what resources are available for you or the family member who is disabled.
It's important to think about the present while also planning for the future. You may not know what direction or course the epilepsy may take over time.
- The writer is the National Epilepsy Coordination Committee (NECC) National Secretary (Kenya), and an Epilepsy Awareness ambassador