What is Life Care Planning?
Life Care Planning can be used for personal injury, medical malpractice, work injury or in any case where anticipating the functional needs and medical treatment expected across the individual’s life span is critical. Nurse life care plans are an exceptional educational means for those facing a future with a chronic disability or illness, and those looking to maximize their quality of life. A well-written Life Care Plan is individualized for each person based on professional assessment and collaboration with the entire healthcare team. Life Care Planning provides a solid, defensible cost proposal for personal financial planning, mediation, or trial.
You will receive a detailed report that paints a picture of the event, medical care to date, and the future plan of care outlined by treating care providers. The report outlines the results of an in-person assessment of the injured individual and their living environment. The costs associated with the plan of care and functional needs of the individual are addressed in easy to read, detailed tables.
Injuries Often Addressed with a Life Care Plan
My nursing specialty in case management will create a specific life care plan lasting the rest of the patient’s life. A life care plan is used to support the care needs for a variety of different reasons:
- Brain injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Back Injury
- Chronic Pain
- Birth Injury
- Multiple Trauma
- Nerve Injuries
Life Care Planning helps families with the challenges caused by chronic illness, injuries, or disability. Life Care Planning promotes good health, safety, and quality of life for the individual and their family. Shelly is a certified nurse life care planner and member of the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners. She currently serves on their board of directors.