A Life Care Plan is a dynamic, systematic document, based on the Accepted Standards of Practice which outlines the needs of catastrophically injured or aging clients. A well documented plan will include a comprehensive narrative which includes, details of the event, medical documentation review, background information, functional abilities, a well conducted client/family interview, medical consultations and detailed tables annualizing costs through a patient's anticipated life expectancy*.
A Life Care Plan may include some or all the following areas: •Therapeutic Evaluations •Home Care Needs •Projected Therapies •Facility Care •Non- Medical Diagnostic/Educational Testing •Routine Future Medical care •Wheelchair/Mobility Needs •Transportation •Wheelchair Accessories and Maintenance •Architectural Renovations •Orthotic/Prosthetic Needs •Health and Strength Maintenance •Orthopedic Equipment and Supplies •Surgical Intervention •Durable Medical Items •Potential Complications •Aids for Independent Function •Vocational Rehabilitation •Supplies •Medications
* The CDC National Life tables are used to calculate life expectancy. For further information regarding life expectancy seek the services of an economist or other expert to calculate diminished life expectancy.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM A LIFE CARE PLAN?
Patients, families and caregivers to provide counseling, education and support, curtailing possible complications; coordinate and facilitate resources for the acquistion of goods and services.
Attorneys: To provide an accurate analysis of damages resulting from the possible event; identify damages through an Accepted Standard of Practice; coordinate a day in the life video; expert witness testimony.
Trust Administrators: To control fund distribution; justify necessary expenditures; identify needs, vendors and associated costs with an aging client with a disability; provide the foundation for managing Medicare Set- Aside Trust Administrations.
Claims examiners: To provide accurately covered and necessary services, supplies and DME to increase the accuracy of identifying and funding associated claims costs; provide a plan for on going case management; provide a foundation for managing Medicare Set-Aside Trusts.
Economists: To provide an accurate document to show current private pay values of damages; easy to read format in which to calculate/project actuarial data.