Question

You are creating a life care plan for two different patients, both of whom have incurred a C6/C7 injury and have been diagnosed with quadriplegia. Both individuals are 30 years of age, but client A has a college degree and the client B dropped out of high school. Client B lives in a rural setting miles from many health care professionals and Client A resides in a large metropolitan community with access to many different types of health care facilities. Client B has an extensive family support system and the Client A has a small family unit with little support. Client A has made a good psychological adjustment and the Client B is showing signs of significant psychological distress. Despite the differences in psycho-social issues, the level of spinal cord lesion and completeness of lesion (identical ASIA rating) remains alike. Would you expect the needs/recommendations in the life care plan essentially to be the same?

Answer

No, the life care plans should contain different recommendations, but a consistent methodology should be used to create each life care plan. Although the life care plans may have similar recommendations for some areas based on the needs of the disability, each client is different and will have different personal needs, interests, and a variety of other variables which will affect each plan. A life care planner should recognize that consistency should be applied when analyzing the disability and evaluating the patient.

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