What Is A Life Care Plan?

The International Academy of Life Care Planners has defined a Life Care Plan as a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis, and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs.

Here are some examples of specific needs of the patient which may be addressed within the life care plan:

– Projected evaluations
– Projected therapeutic modalities
– Medication
– Diagnostic testing and educational assessments
– Supply needs
– Wheelchair needs
– Wheelchair accessories and maintenance
– Home care or facility-based care needs
– 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 functioning and living
– Leisure or recreational equipment

At Missouri Independent Medical Evaluations and Missouri Life Care Plans, we take long term care planning seriously. Our role is to educate, not advocate. Our plans are objective, based on the medical evaluation and clinical interview, review of the medical records, and history provided by the patient and family. When possible, we include the medical and health related treatment team. Review of clinical practice guidelines and relevant literature research are part of every plan.