The Confusion over Case Managers: How Can They Help?
When people do not have the support systems in place, or the support system is overwhelmed with the care of their loved one and don’t know the resources or where to turn for help, a professional case manager can be a real asset. The Case Management Society of America defines case management as “a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health care through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost effective outcomes”. A case manager typically has a background in nursing or social… Read More...
6 questions an attorney can ask to determine if a life care plan is needed
Life Care Planning is defined by the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (2009) as “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 costs”. It is typically a tool that plaintiff or defense attorneys use, when a person is injured, to help determine current and future costs of care. Some obvious reasons an attorney would use a life care planner is when a person has a catastrophic event such as: an amputation, traumatic brain injury, or spinal cord injury resulting in… Read More...
The Foundation for Life Care Planning Research addressing Reliability and Validity for Life Care Planners
Reliability and Validity for Life Care Planners Why are we, as clinical practitioners, interested in research aimed at validating the process of life care planning? There are multiple answers. Through research we can improve the process, raise standards, help to answer ethical questions and resolve ethical dilemmas. Perhaps most importantly we protect the patient’s access to life enhancing care through this very useful case management tool. Read the entire article on the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research site, please click here. Read More...