About Life Care Planning and Lifecarewriter

Life care planners play a vital role in determining present and future costs associated with chronic care requirements. Life care planning includes the methodology to project the future care needs of a disabled person and the costs associated with both the medical and non-medical needs over the projected term of the disability. A Life Care Plan is the document that sets forth these needs and the costs to provide for them.

The Lifecarewriter web site offers online tools that assist planners in the preparation of Life Care plans. There is no software to purchase or download. All of the forms are submitted over a secure internet connection. Our server organizes the information in a conscise format and delivers a Microsoft Word® document with the finished plan.

The plan model is based on role and function research of life care planners conducted at Southern Illinois University.  The format implemented by Lifecarewriter meets the certification criteria of the CLCP credential established by the CHCC (Commission on Health Care Certification). It is litigation-tested and will withstand challenges by legal entities.

Lifecarewriter improves the quality of your planning and significantly reduces your work load. Sign up for a free 30-day trial period and discover for yourself how easy it is. When your account is created, a sample Life Care plan will appear in your database for you to experiment with [click here to view the sample plan]. To open your account now, please click here...

Lifecarewriter incorporates time and work-saving features such as pick lists -- canned text strings that can be selected and placed in forms. You have complete control over the contents of your pick lists. You can also build a library of personalized internet links that can be referenced as you assemble your plan. The links facilitate your research as the plan is formulated.

Plans generated by the Lifecarewriter web site are organized into a narrative section, supporting appendices and a cost summary. The narrative section includes headings for:

  1. Medical Intake / History Review
  2. Medical Records Provider
  3. Chief Complaint and Subjective History
  4. Effects of Injury on Daily Living
  5. Current Physical Complaints
  6. Past Medical History
  7. Current Medical and Rehabilitation Situation
  8. Financial Summary
  9. Conclusion

The appendices address the areas of a person's life affected by a disability. These areas include:

  1. Future Routine Medical Care
  2. Surgical Intervention or Aggressive Treatment Plan
  3. Drug Needs
  4. Supplies
  5. Diagnostic Testing / Educational Assessment
  6. Projected Evaluations
  7. Projected Therapeutic Modalities
  8. Aids for Independent Function
  9. Orthotics / Prosthetics
  10. Wheelchair Needs
  11. Wheelchair Accessories
  12. Orthopaedic Equipment
  13. Home Care / Institutional Care
  14. Transportation
  15. Home Furnishings and Accessories
  16. Architectural Renovations / Housing Options
  17. Leisure Time and/or Recreational Equipment
  18. Potential Complications

Costs for annually recurring expenses and non-recurring (one-time) expenses are tracked in special columns in each appendix. These columns operate like a spreadsheet and subtotal the expenses. At the end of the plan, a financial summary page lists all of the totals for each appendix and a cumulative sum for the plan.

Lifecarewriter offers a host of features to increase your productivity. Your plan is organized in a proven format leaving you to focus on the content. Pick lists and personalized research links reduce your work load and facilitate the formulation of your plan. By opening a free trial account, you can experience all of these features and determine if Lifecarewriter meets your needs. To open your account now, please click here...

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