As many can attest to, the health care industry is an environment that is ever changing; whether it is through the types of medical practices that are followed to the changes related to compliance, discretion, and associated costs. Among the many different pockets of medical care, one of the most prevalent in modern society is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which often involves physiatric medicine.
In terms of wellness, although the body is no doubt an important consideration to make in terms of ensuring the health of an individual, mental cognition, function, and behavioral issues are equally conducive to health. In order to allow physiatrists to meet the growing demands of healthcare in this area, Life Care Planning has become a staple in terms of mental wellbeing.
What is Life Care Planning?
In short, Life Care Planning is considered a subset of physiatry. It allows individuals to be examined in order to determine the best diagnostic conclusion when it comes to care requirements, whether it is for individuals with chronic conditions are those that have recently suffered a disability or series injury. According to research conducted by the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation Life Care Planning often works to meet the following goals:
- To help alleviate both physical and psychological pain and suffering:
- To help maintain the highest level of function for an individual’s unique goals and circumstances.
- To help prevent complications associated with individual mental and physical conditions.
- To help allow individuals the ability to garner the best possible quality of life, despite their conditions.
In order to meet these goals Life Care Planning typically consists of a three stage process, which goes as followed:
- Stage 1: Collecting and Reviewing an individual’s medical records, as well as conducting personal interviews, physical examinations, or other information gathering methods. As well as outlining specific patient goals for their future health.
- Stage 2: Creating diagnostic conclusions regarding personal care, which includes nuances in disability, life expectancy, impairment, and overall, recommendations for specific methodologies of medical care.
- Stage 3: Orchestrate vendor surveys for the sole purpose of creating an overview of costs associated with aforementioned care recommendations in order to outline the financial considerations that will need to be made with immediate and continued care.
Each of these steps are essential in seeking and following a specific treatment option when it comes to continued care on behalf of the individual. Additionally, one must also be privy to the fact that, although there is no certification for Life Care Planning, these professionals also have credentials in an advanced education facet and thus, understand legal procedures and the administration side of things.
At its core, Life Care Planning is a viable tool when it comes to predicting future costs of necessary medical care. Not only does it allow patients to understand the treatment options that are available to them, and the proposed best methods of care, but it also allows them more freedom in making decisions that will impact their individual care, and as a result, their quality of life.
Personal injury attorneys use life care planners in catastrophic injury cases to educate the jury about the needs and costs of future medical care.
To learn more about life care planners and personal injury lawsuits call the Baumgartner Law Firm. (281) 587-1111.