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Life Care Planning

Definition:
“A Life Care Plan is a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis and research, which provides an organized, concise plan reflecting current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. “ [1]

“Life Care Planning is an advanced practice which is collaborative in nature and includes the patient, family, care providers and all parties concerned in coordinating, accessing, evaluating and monitoring necessary services. The IALCP believes professionals who develop life care plans must adhere to the following…

The IALCP believes professionals who develop life care plans must:

  • Have a foundation of knowledge and practice
  • Have an appropriate experience base
  • Conduct an active practice which demonstrates application of
    the appropriate professional processes
  • Perform specific methodologies demonstrating advanced practice
  • Participate in professional organizations
  • Participate in community and national organizations” [2]

A life care planner analyzes and projects anticipated medical, rehabilitative and/or vocational needs and associated expenses for catastrophically injured or ill individuals.  This involves reviewing medical reports and understanding the medical complexity of the situation, interviewing the individual and family, and consulting with treating providers to determine treatment, equipment and service needs.  Research determines the costs of these needs and frequency of replacement.  The document may be used by a case manager to coordinate and implement recommended care and help contain costs.

Cases involving catastrophic injury or illness may involve hiring a life care planner.  Kathryn Reid provides expert consultation and testimony for such cases involving future medical and vocational costs.  Services include case review and analysis, independent assessment, critique of opposing expert opinions and expert testimony.

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LINKS:


1 Weed RO, Berens DE. 2010. Private Sector Rehabilitation. In: JH Stone, M Blouin, editors. International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation. Available online:
http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/encyclopedia/article.php?id=11&language=en

2 International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals website:
http://www.rehabpro.org/sections/ialcp/focus/scope/

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