Any life care planners out there?

  1. I am seeking the names of life care planners to add to my expert database. If anyone is interested in being added to my database, and if you would like me to share your name and contact info with other legal nurse consultants and attorneys who are in need of life care planners, please e-mail resume and contact info. to stevierae@37.com, or respond as a p.m. Thanks!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   chartleypj
    Can you please explain what a life care planner is?

    Paula
  4. by   stevierae
    Paula, in the event of a catastrophic injury--say, a 24 year old male father of 3 is rendered quadriplegic in an industrial accident and can no longer support his family--a life care planner becomes part of a team of professionals who literally chart the course of the rest of that person's life, based on proven standards of care etc. I know very little about this area; I think a life care planner is generally an RN who functions as part of a team of social workers, home care staff, case managers, worker's comp or insurance people, respiratory therapy, physical and occupational therapists etc. to co-ordinate this patient's needs from now on, being that he or she has gone from an independent living situation to being dependent on others.

    LNCs and attorneys get involved when there is a lawsuit. A life care planner would be consulted to help the legal team calculate a settlement, or educate a jury to decide on a verdict and award, based on what this person's future medical needs, rehab, etc, will cost. A life care planner would also help calculate how many years the patient can reasonably expect to live in this drastically altered condition, so that the attorney can determine what would have been the amount of his future earnings, now lost.

    Life care planners also help aging people or their children make decisions about assisted living facilities, nursing homes, etc. after they are no longer able to live independently. They can assist families of victims of stroke victims, near-drowning victims, auto accident victims, etc. and empower them to make informed decisions about the future of their loved one upon discharge from a hospital.

    I believe people who do life care planning have case management experience; they seem to go hand-in-hand, but I could be wrong. I want to be educated, too, which is why I posted this on the case management site. I am sure Vegas knows. Vegas?
    Last edit by stevierae on Jan 10, '03
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Hey Stevierae!

    A Life Care Planner (LCP) is a person who is usually a nurse with experience in catastrophic case management, but doesn't always have to be a nurse. There are some programs which give a certification in life care planning but as far as I know, it isn't a national certification yet. The LCP doesn't have to be a nurse - they can also be a licensed social worker or physical therapist who also has an extensive background in catastrophic case work.

    Life Care Planning mostly consists of reviewing the patient's medical records, possibly interviewing the physicians, caregivers, and patient, to determine the life expectancy of the client and the COST & LENGTH OF MEDICAL TREATMENT over the course of that patient's lifetime.

    The Life Care Plan is very extensive, it details anticipated costs for DME items for lifetime, length and duration of rehabilitation, cost and duration of prescriptions, etc. The cost of having a life care plan is anywhere from $800 to $1,000, depending on the extent of the catastrophic injury. Some LCP's charge a flat rate, some charge by the hour.

    LCP's take their job very seriously and it requires a lot of research. They not only have to figure in the costs of all the different aspects of the patient's care and needs, they also have to figure cost of living and market trends. LCP's are usually called on to testify for attorneys and must be credible and reliable. It's not uncommon for the plaintiff AND defense to have their own LCP's and the judge having to rule on which LCP is the most valid.

    The LCP can be a case manager, but not always. It's not always a good idea to have the same case manager who is intimately involved in the case of a patient to also do the life care plan - in some legal circles they consider it a conflict of interest and want an outside objective opinion. Sure, that case manager can give you an idea based on their knowledge of the case, but if it comes down to something admissable in court, you'd want the outside opinion.
  6. by   stevierae
    Excellent response, Vegas; I learned a lot from it. See, I knew Vegas would know!

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