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How do I know if I need a life care plan done?

Santo Steven BiFulco MD

Dr. BiFulco is a Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Pain Medicine Specialist who has practiced in Florida and New York since 1990. Dr...

Dr. BiFulco is a Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Pain Medicine Specialist who has practiced in Florida and New York since 1990. Dr...

Oct 31 3 minutes read

We have Life Care Planning down to a science...

First, let’s define what a Life Care Plan is… or as we call it… A Care Plan for Life

The short answer

A Care Plan for Life comprehensive report, a communication tool for an individual who has experienced an injury or illness that require medical care now and for the remainder of their life. Meaning an individual with a chronic pain and or disabling condition(s) that would benefit from medical care, devices, procedures, now and in the future. A medical or expert report which answers 3 vital questions

  1. What does the individual have (meaning what are their diagnoses),
  2. What does the individual need (meaning medical care, diagnostic tests, procedures, etc. for their condition(s), 
  3. What will it cost (meaning in their geographic area where they live). 

The long answer

"The life care plan is 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” (International Academy of Life Care Planners, 2003. Established during the 2000 Life Care Planning Summit). Life care planning is a consistent process for evaluating the patient and disability to establish all the needs dictated by the onset of that disability. Consistency refers to the application of the process of evaluation and does not suggest that similar disabilities will all receive similar recommendations to meet established needs. Careful consideration is given to the goals, needs, and interest of the patient, the needs of the family and the realities of the geographic region in which the patient resides. The process is based on published standards, tenets, methodologies and principles. It takes into consideration the medical records, the patient and family perspective, the treatment team, the clinical practice guidelines, relevant research literature, and the carefully established medical, case management and rehabilitation foundation. 

So… back to the question: How do I know if I need a life care plan done?

If you have a chronic pain and or disabling condition that requires medical care or surveillance (follow up) now and in the future. 

If you want to know “What does the future hold in terms of medical care and costs for my condition” 

If you want to know “What will that care cost now and, in the future” 

If you have a need for a “Roadmap for the future with regards to medical care” 

A life care plan is a Case Management Tool and is used by patients, families, rehabilitation professionals, plaintiff and defense lawyers, judges, insurance adjustors, and insurance companies in serious and catastrophic injuries where long-term medical care is likely to be needed.

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