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Life Care Planning

What is a Life Care Plan?

A life care plan outlines an individual’s needs throughout the healthcare continuum, in multiple settings, and throughout life expectancy. A Life Care Plan must be flexible, with provisions for periodic re-evaluations and updates.  Source: AANLCP Scope and Standards

Who Needs a Life Care Plan?

Life Care Plans are developed for individuals with injuries or chronic conditions requiring complex long-term healthcare intervention and management. The report provides an organized, concise plan that estimates the reasonable and necessary current and future healthcare needs with the associated costs.

Life Care Plan Critique

Life Care Plan Critiques are offered by Dawn Cook who will review and provide comments on Life Care Plans developed by other life care planners.

Life Care Planning

A Life Care Plan Can Be Helpful For:

  • Traumatic and Anoxic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Birth Injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Upper and Lower Extremity Injuries
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Dental Injuries
  • Multiple Trauma
  • And more…

FAQs

A Life Care Plan is inclusive of all future medical care a patient will need such as medical evaluations, therapy, rehab, counseling, diagnostic testing, surgeries, transportation, home modifications, durable medical equipment, specialized equipment and supplies, home care and personal care support, future hospitalizations and anything else that may be needed or anticipated to be needed for the individual.  Frequency of visits, replacement intervals and estimation of the reasonable and necessary costs are included in the plan.

The American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANLCP) defines a life care plan as a plan that outlines an individual’s needs throughout the healthcare continuum, in multiple settings, and throughout life expectancy. A Life Care Plan must be flexible, with provisions for periodic re-evaluations and updates.  Source: American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners Scope and Standards

Life care planners include a group of health care professionals: nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, and rehabilitation professionals.  These professionals obtain the necessary training, experience, and education and sit the exam to become a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) or Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP).

A life care plan is for any patient who will require ongoing medical care due to an injury or chronic illness including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, birth injury, amputations, chronic pain, cerebral palsy, complex regional pain syndrome and more.

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