Historically the Life Care Plan has been used in settings reserves for insurance companies, assisting workers’ compensation companies with assessing future care costs associated with work-related disabilities, estimating the cost of future care for health care companies, and providing the client and family with an outline of future care (Deutsch & Sawyer, 2003; Weed & Field, 1994). In the event of that adequate funding is available, the life care plan can become the road map for care

The Rehabilitation Plan: 

Life care plan methodology requires deliberate organized, evaluation, and interpretation of patient-specific information to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation plan that includes necessary information to project future expenses. 

Our Life Care Planning Methodology:

  • Comprehensive review of records and supportive documentation.
  • Clinical interview and history with the patient and whenever possible a family member or significant contact who knew the patient pre-morbidly as well as post-morbidly.
  • Interaction with the medical and health related treatment team to obtain answers to questions not established in the medical records review.
  • Research to develop relevant clinical practice guidelines to further establish needs and recommendations as well as support medical and case management foundation.
  • When does the treatment start?
  • What are the frequency of sessions?
  • What is the cost per session (if relevant)?
  • When does the treatment stop?
  • Additional costs such as evaluations, tests, laboratory, or medications?
  • Recommended Surgery -  at what year / age?
  • Pre / post surgery follow-up, physical therapy, medications etc
  • DME replacement Frequency.
  • Medications.


Lois Hawkins, RN, CLCP

Expert Witness Testimony

A life care plan is a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis, and research, that 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. Combined definition Intelicus/University of Florida and IALCP.

Medical Records Review & Case Analysis.

Life Care Planning

Like most people, individuals with chronic health conditions or catastrophic injuries want to be able to plan for the future. To do so means they and their family members must understand and anticipate future needs such as wheelchair replacements, medical interventions, supplies and medications and the associated cost. The life care plan provides an organized, easy to read report that charts individual specific future needs. Including the cost allows for the development of a financial plan that helps families or insurers budget for these needs. (Source: Community of Life Care Planners web site.)

Catastrophic Injuries

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amputation(s)
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Chronic Pain
  • Burns
  • Birth Injuries
  • Cerebral Palsy/ Developmental Delay

Hawkins Forensics Consulting

Lois Hawkins, RN, CLCP

2266 South Dobson Rd., Suite 200
 Mesa, AZ 85202 US
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