The Life Care Planning Profession - Capital University Law School

The Life Care Planning Profession

  • An individual suffering from a catastrophic injury, accident or chronic illness usually requires a plan outlining their long-term health care needs.

    “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.” Standards of Practice for Life Care Planners, International Academy of Life Care Planners, The Life Care Planning Section of The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, at 5 (3rd ed. 2015).

    The life care plan is a tool for, among other things, planning rehabilitation efforts, implementing various services, managing resources, providing educational and vocational training, and managing long-term needs. See Standards of Practice, at 5. It also focuses on the costs of care, a very important consideration in today’s world.

    A life care planner develops the life care plan and may be retained as part of a legal team in medical malpractice/personal injury cases, particularly at the settlement and/or damages phase of litigation. The life care planner uses a step-by-step methodology to determine the care needs and related costs for the injured or chronically ill individual. Healthcare professionals who are registered nurses, vocational rehabilitation counselors, physicians, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitation case managers, are well-suited to become life care planners. (To find out if your healthcare background qualifies for certification as a life care planner, please go to


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