Life care planners are certified professionals in fields as diverse as nursing, rehabilitation and other health-related fields. Some life care planners also have life care planning (CLCP) certifications from the Commission on Health Care Certification. These certified professionals help families and injured patients develop a long-term plan to deal with the many challenges of being seriously injured or disabled.
Life care planners take a look at medical records, patient interviews, and other sources. They also rely on their own health background and conduct independent research to come up with the best long-term plan for patients who have been seriously injured.
What a Life Care Planner Can Do for TBI Patients
For people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life care planners can help find resources about and develop a plan for:
- Expected needs for medical devices
- Future evaluations and therapies
- Educational assessments
- Diagnostic testing and lab work
- Future expected needs for supplies and medical items
- Care needs related to assisted living facilities or home care
- Expected future medical care
- Expected items needed, including any home modifications or furnishings required to adapt to an injury
- Any renovations required for the patient’s home or car
- Arranging transportation needs
- Arranging leisure or recreation, including any specialized equipment needed
- A plan for encouraging independence in the patient
Essentially, a life care planner helps the patient and their family decide what steps they need to take and what they need to think about as they adjust to life with a long-term injury.
Do I Need a Life Care Planner in Pennsylvania?
For people who have sustained a serious head injury, a life care planner can be an invaluable resource. Many patients may not consider their long-term needs. A life care planner can encourage a patient and their family to deal with some of the issues affecting TBI patients, allowing a patient to transition more smoothly into their new life following an injury.
If you decide to pursue a traumatic head injury claim, a life care planner can help. The information that a life care planner assembles can be presented in court when pursuing a claim. For example, if the patient seeks compensation to pay for future medical care, the life care planner’s assessment of the level of services needed can help a court fully appreciate life with the injury.
If you would like to know more about life care planners and head injury claims, contact KBG Injury Law. Our law offices in Pennsylvania work with clients from all backgrounds to help them pursue compensation and their best possible life after their injury.