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Life Care Planning

The purpose of an assessment and developing a life care plan is to assess a clients needs for future medical and related services, current level of function, activities of daily living and independent living needs, as well as develop a long term care plan to identify reasonable and expected costs through life expectancy in light of injuries and impairments.

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 for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs (A combined definition of the University of Florida and Intellicus Life Care Planning Conference and the American Academy of Nurse Life Care Planners presented at the Forensic Section meeting NARPPS/IARP Annual Conference, Colorado Springs and agreed upon April 3, 1998.).

Cost figures contained in each life care plan are based on research and current rates in the client's particular region of the United States.

Life care plans can be utilized for various purposes that may include reserving funds for life time medical costs or defending damages in legal proceedings.

Types of Cases That May Utilize a Life Care Plan

    1. Workers’ Compensation
    2. Catastrophic
    3. Personal Injury
    4. Medical Malpractice
    5. Product Liability
    6. Motor Vehicle Accidents

Diagnosis that May Be Represented

    1. Spinal Cord (SCI)
    2. Acquired Brain Injury
    3. Pediatric Brain Damage
    4. Ventilation Dependent
    5. Burns
    6. Amputations
    7. Back Injury / Chronic Pain
    8. Psychiatric
    9. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
    10. Pediatric Cerebral Palsy / Brachial Plexus
    11. Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome
    12. AIDS / HIV
    13. Geriatric
    14. Abuse
    15. Stress Coping
    16. Transplantation
    17. Visual Impairment

Tasks of the Life Care Planner

    1. Review Medical Records & Supporting Documentation
    2. Meet with the individual being evaluated and family, as well as assess home environment or environment the individual is living in.
    3. Collaborate with medical and rehabilitation team
    4. Prepare plan with required medical goods and services with associated costs
    5. Coordinating with a Vocational Expert, if involved
    6. Act as expert witness in court to defend Life Care Plan
    7. Educate jury on disability, needs and limitations

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Role and Function of a Certified Life Care Planner

Medical Record Review & Analysis
A medical record review and analysis is important in developing opinions related to the level of function in the workplace and the subjects' ultimate employability and recovery.

Records will be reviewed and evaluated to assess medical, vocational and situational status. Recommendations to facilitate medical improvement over the continuum and avoid complications will be made.





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