Question

A life care planner creates a life care plan for a child with a high spinal cord injury. On the Home Care/ Facility Care Page, it is indicated that this child needs nursing care 24 hours/day, 7 days a week for a total of 365 days per year. You then flip to the Leisure/Recreational page, where the life care planner has noted that the child will attend a Camp for Kids with Disabilities for 2 weeks each summer until the child is 18. During the school year, the child attends school from 7:20 AM to 2:15 PM, five days per week.

Based on what you know about the multidimensionality of life care planning, what are the problems with this case?

Answer

First, a life care plan should be created keeping in mind that each page has the potential to affect every other page in the plan. Thus, life care plans are multidimensional. This life care planner did not double-check the plan to ensure that services do not overlap. School and the summer camp are both overlapping services if the child is to have 24/7 attendant care.

These recommendations show a poorly developed plan, lack of credibility, and disregard for the life care planning process. Remember to develop your plans with the understanding that a life care plan is multidimensional in nature.

Reference: Grisham, S. (2004). “The Role of the Life Care Planner in Pediatric Life Care Planning. In S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management. (p. 47-91) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.). For the 2011 Edition – Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Ed. Susan Riddick-Grisham, Laura M. Deming, Pg. 49-89.

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