A 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." (IARP-IALCP)
Liz uses the nursing process - the scientific or critical thinking model for nurses - to develop her life care plans. Components of this process include:
A life care plan is utilized to substantiate the care needs for a variety of different injuries: brain injury, spinal cord injury, birth injury, orthopedic injury, chronic pain, vaccine injury (Guillian Barre, post polio, seizure disorder). Cases likely to benefit from a life care plan are those where there is an anticipated need for multiple medications, future surgeries, or assistance by a nurse or attendant on an ongoing or recurring basis.
The art of nursing is based on caring and respect for human dignity. Though the nurse is expert on medical treatments, options of care, expected outcomes, expected complications, she also assesses for:
The average life care plan takes about 40 hours, spent over several months. This includes time to review medical records, a home visit or attendance at an IME exam, collaboration with experts and or treaters, cost research and report preparation. It does not include testimony or trial preparation.
The injured individual's diagnoses, the number of providers, and their response time, the volume of materials for review, and case load all impact the amount of time it takes to complete a plan.