Richard

Richard is a client for whom Planned Lifetime Assistance of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ) provides Guardianship, Home Visiting Monitoring and Representative Payee Services. PLAN/NJ was introduced to Richard several years ago.

Richard is a client for whom PLAN/NJ provides Guardianship, Home Visiting Monitoring and Representative Payee Services.
PLAN/NJ was introduced to Richard several years ago. Diagnosed with a schizophrenia, and with no relatives to oversee his care, Richard had been living at a psychiatric hospital for more than 40 years. He was entitled to Veterans Assistance Benefits, but did not have anyone to assist with management of the funds. Knowing he could lead a more satisfying life with some practical guidance, a social worker on staff put him together with PLAN/NJ.

Appointed as Richard’s Legal Guardian, PLAN/NJ advocated for him to move from the hospital to a home that was better suited for his needs, and where he could still live with suitable supports and also participate in the wider community. In his new home, Richard enjoys the freedom to take walks and participate in group activities. He is thriving and is liked by his peers and staff.

PLAN/NJ manages Richard’s VA and Social Security Benefits so that he can have finances of his own to supplement the costs of everyday amenities. Through this, PLAN/NJ makes sure that Richard is not vulnerable to the larcenous acts of others as he had been in the past.

Additional support to Richard comes from a skilled, experienced Service Coordinator who visits him monthly. This consistency of contact helps ensure the necessary advocacy for him, so that he continues to receive comprehensive medical care coordination and that his living arrangements remain a safe and well-suited place for him to live. With his service coordinator, Richard loves getting out for a haircut, a breakfast sandwich and coffee. Like all of us, these regular rituals help make his life “happen.” Oversight and having someone to call in an emergency is often essential to an individual’s sense of safety and security. We provide Richard with the assurance that his individualized needs are met, that his preferences are observed, and that he feels protected from danger.