WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A LIFE CARE PLAN? An expertly prepared plan should be defendable in litigation. Our plans are completed by an experienced certified planner, based on the Accepted Standards of Practice. We consult with experts if necessary to establish the foundations needed for the items in the plan. Some of these experts may include physicians who specialize in pain management and or rehabilitation, architectural renovation specialists, prosthetists, vocational experts, therapists etc. In addition to conducting thorough interviews with clients, family and treating professionals, all medical records are also summarized and put in chronological order. The summation of all information is then provided in a narrative report with easy to read tables to calculate present cost. The final figures may then be forwarded to an economist to project expenses over the course of the client's life expectancy.
WHY DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL LIFE CARE PLANNER? Some litagation cases may require a cost analysis for settlement. A certified life care planner will ensure that the Standard's of Practice is met for each item listed in the Life Care Plan. A Life Care Planner will ensure that the client's needs are financially met.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS? Completion of a Life Care Plan ususally takes 6-8 weeks for completion once all records and authorizations have been recieved. (Plans can be expedited, depending on complexity of the case and availability of the treating professionals.) The Planner collects the records and completes a thorough review; authorization forms are signed and sent to all treating professionals; a client and family interview is conducted; medical consultations are completed either by phone or in person; all data is analyzed; need for further evaluations are assessed; research maybe needed to support the foundation; consolidate the information into tables for calculations; evaluate the plan for internal consistencies; then the final draft is given to the referral source. Expert witness testimony is provided if necessary.
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WHO NEEDS A LIFE CARE PLANNER? Anyone who has experienced a catastrophic injury, chronic illness or maybe an aging adult in the care of a medical conservator. Life Care Plans can be used for forensic purposes, insurance companies and conservators.
Some of the catastrophic cases in need of a Life Care Plan might include the following diagnosis: •Brain Injuries •Spinal Cord Injuries •Injuries as the Result of a Motor Vehicle Accident •Amputations •Birth Injuries •Cerebral Palsy •Orthopedic Injuries •Toxic Exposures •Chronic Illness/Pain