Life Care Planning (also known as Future Cost of Care)
What is a Life Care Plan?
A Life Care Plan (LCP) 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 [present-day] cost for individuals who have experienced a catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs.
International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, 2009
An LCP objectively details an individual’s current and future needs considering both rehabilitative/restorative and preventive objectives. To create an LCP, a systematic process is used to determine an individual’s (a) medical and functional status, (b) current and future needs, and (c) potential complications. In the preparation of the LCP, professionals involved in the treatment and/or assessment of the individual are consulted. They are requested to provide scope-specific opinion on current and projected needs reasonably anticipated to be required over the individual’s life time. LCPs can be purposefully designed to outline needs arising from a specific incident leading to an action.
Return to Work and Work Health Consultation
Job Site Analysis – Evaluation at client’s worksite to determine the physical, cognitive and behavioural demands associated with the employment position, as well as those environmental and contextual factors perceived to bear implication on the worker’s return.
Ergonomics and Work Accommodations – Evaluation of a client’s work site with particular emphasis on identifying and mediating ergonomic hazards (physical, psychosocial, organizational) to optimize work performance and worker health.
Return to Work Planning / Work Maintenance Planning – Working with the client and employer to facilitate the client’s return to work, or ability to maintain work, given health issues impacting occupational performance.
Case Review and Strategic Planning
In-depth review of a case, with or without meeting the client, to identify possible strategies to facilitate the individuals’ return to meaningful life/occupation.
General Occupational Therapy Intervention
Safety at Home – Assessment of client’s functioning in home environment to determine accommodations to enhance safe function.
In-home Functional Assessments – Comprehensive assessment of client’s function at home and/or the community often times as dictated by a mandated test for disability by an insurer.
Home Modifications – (e.g., consultation with contractors to determine suitable home modifications and construction projects to enhance safe home accessibility and function).
A special project may involve, for example, the development of a new service or program, the development and delivery of an educational seminar series on a specified topic, or a critical review and potential rejuvenation of an existing program or service.
Providing occupational therapy services in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario since 1993. Clients include individuals experiencing difficulties at home, work or in the community, large and small employers, health care facilities, lawyers, and insurers.
© 2014. Tricia L. Morrison Occupational Therapy Professional Corporation.