A life care plan is a document that provides a suggestion for current and future needs-associated costs for an individual who has suffered catastrophic, life-long injuries as the result of an accident.
Prepared by a certified life care planner, this comprehensive document is tailored specifically to the individual and is based on a multitude of factors. Some of the items that are taken into consideration when a life care planner prepares a plan include:
- Medical records,
- The patient’s family and living situation,
- The family history,
- The team treating the individual,
- Clinical practice guidelines, and
- Relevant research literature.
A life care plan will encompass medical, psychological, and rehabilitation needs tailored to the individual and his or her family. Depending on the patient’s specific needs, the life care plan may address the following areas:
- Projected evaluations
- Projected therapies
- Diagnostic testing and educational assessments
- Medical supply needs
- Wheelchair needs
- Wheelchair accessories and maintenance
- Home care or facility-based care
- Projected routine future medical care
- Orthopedic equipment needs
- Projected surgical treatment or other aggressive medical care
- Orthotic or prosthetic requirements
- Transportation needs
- Home furnishings and accessories
- Architectural renovations
- Aids for independent function
A life care plan is often used in a legal setting when a settlement amount is being discussed. The plan helps attorneys and plaintiffs understand exactly how much money they may need to cover the plaintiff’s present and future medical needs. It also helps them understand the extent of the catastrophic accident and the associated economic damages of the case. All of this influences what will be considered an appropriate settlement amount. Outside of a court setting, it can be used as a preventative plan for disability care, as well as within insurance settings.
A life care planner must always remain neutral and unbiased, as it is not their role to advocate for the injured individual but rather to simply present the facts.
What Does a Life Care Planner Do?
The main responsibilities of the life care planner are to set practical rehabilitation targets for the individual. He or she will also make sure all parties involved in the process understand why specific items have been included in the plan, how and when certain services should be provided, and how the plan can be best implemented. A certified life care planner is often a registered nurse or other medical professional who has been thoroughly trained in creating these plans.
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If you believe your loved one would benefit from a life care plan, John Bair can help connect you with the right individual. John has guided thousands of plaintiffs through the settlement process as co-founder of Milestone Consulting, LLC, a broad-based settlement planning and management firm. Milestone’s approach is comprehensive and future-focused.
John’s team has guided thousands of clients by taking the time to understand the complexities of each case. They assess the best outcome and find the path that enables each client to manage their many needs. Read more about Milestone Consulting at http://milestoneseventh.com/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).