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Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

3rd Edition

Edited by Roger O. Weed, Debra E. Berens

CRC Press

985 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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Life Care Planning is an advanced collaborative practice concerned with coordinating, accessing, evaluating, and monitoring necessary services for individuals with significant medical adversity. This handbook provides a comprehensive resource for all people involved with catastrophic impairments who need to solve complex medical care problems. Updating life care planning references, the third edition presents new chapters on home assessments, vehicle modification, day-in-the-life videos, and elder care. This edition also adds several new contributors who have completely rewritten or updated several chapters. The text offers an overview of issues relevant to selected disabilities, bringing together various concepts of life care plans into one publication and reviewing current thoughts, beliefs, and procedures.

The book begins by defining the roles played by each of the key team members working with the life care planner. It provides planners with insights critical to successful interactions with medical and health-related professionals as well as the team members they are most likely to encounter as they work to build a successful and accurate life care plan. Next, the book offers up-to-date information on the disabilities most frequently encountered by the life care planner. The contributors also address issues typically left out of similar texts which have been made critical by Daubert v. Merrell Dow in the forensic setting — issues related to ethics, standards, research and credentials. Build a Client-Centered Life Care Plan

  • Includes the Updated Standards of Practice from the International Academy of Life Care Planners (IALCP)
  • Supplies Valuable Step-by-Step Charts and Checklists
  • Completely Revised and Expanded with Five New Chapters


… The Nurse Life Care Planner will find useful updates in every section. … Novice and seasoned Nurse Life Care Planners will appreciate the detailed insights these sections offer when including plan recommendations for collaboration. The extensive appendices in each chapter have been updated with information on new technologies, vendors, legal concepts, certifications, and support resources for Life Care Planners and clients. … Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook continues as one of the best resources of its kind.


… I extend my congratulations to Dr. Weed and coeditor Dr. Berens and all of the contributors on an excellent work. I also continue to congratulate those with the insight to be working with a copy of this text on their desktop.

From the Foreword, Paul M. Deutsch, PhD, CRC, CCM, CLCP, FIALCP, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Chair of the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research

Praise for the Second Edition

… a definitive resource, not only for the novice and experienced life care planner or case manager, but also for the team of medical, vocational, and legal professionals who develop plans/delineate future costs. This text is highly recommended, without reservation (even for those who have the first edition on their bookshelf)!

Ann T. Neulicht, PhD, CLCP, CRC, CVE, CDMS, LPC, Diplomate, America Board of Vocational Experts in Rehabilitation Planning

… a publication that will advance our profession while providing life care planners with a valuable resource and guidebook for advancing the state of their career.

Doreen Casuto, RN, BSN, MRA, CRRn, CCm, CLCP, Journal of Life Care Planning

Table of Contents

Life Care Planning: Past, Present, and Future, Roger O. Weed

The Role of the Physiatrist in Life Care Planning, Richard Paul Bonfiglio

The Role of the Nurse Case Manager in Life Care Planning, Susan Riddick-Grisham

The Role of the Vocational Counselor in Life Care Planning, Debra E. Berens and Roger O. Weed

The Role of the Psychologist in Life Care Planning, Randall L. Thomas and Anne Sluis Powers

The Role of the Neuropsychologist in Life Care Planning, Carol Walker

The Role of the Occupational Therapist in Life Care Planning, Nancy L. Mitchell

The Role of the Physical Therapist in Life Care Planning, Art Peddle

The Role of the SLP and Assistive Technology in Life Care Planning, Carolyn Wiles Higdon

The Role of the Audiologist in Life Care Planning, Carolyn W. Higdon and William Mustain

The Role of the Economist in Life Care Planning, Everett G. Dillman

Life Care Planning for the Amputee, Robert H. Meier, III

Life Care Planning for Acquired Brain Injury, David L. Ripley and Roger O. Weed

Life Care Planning for the Burn Patient, Kevin N. Foster and Ruth B. Rimmer

Life Care Planning for the HIV/AIDS Patient, Sherie L. Kendall

Life Care Planning for Depressive Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Schizophrenia, Sherie L. Kendall

Life Care Planning for People with Chronic Pain, Denise D. Lester and Robert Litwack

Life Care Planning for Spinal Cord Injury, Terry Winkler, Roger O. Weed, and Debra E. Berens

Life Care Planning for Organ Transplantation, Dan M. Bagwell and Jennifer Milton

Life Care Planning for the Visually Impaired, Terry Winkler and Roger O. Weed

Elder Care Management Life Care Planning Principles, Patricia McCollom and Dorothy Zydowicz

Forensic Issues for Life Care Planners, Roger O. Weed

A Personal Perspective of Life Care Planning, Raymond L. Arrona and Mamie Walters, as told to Anna N. Herrington

A Plaintiff ’s Attorney’s Perspective on Life Care Planning, Tyron C. Elliott

A Defense Attorney’s Perspective on Life Care Planning,Tracy Raffles Gunn

NEW! Life Care Planning and the Elder Law Attorney, Terry C. Cox and F. Auston Wortman, III

NEW! Day-in-the-Life Video Production in Life Care Planning, J. Mat Hunt, Jr.

Ethical Issues for the Life Care Planner, Roger O. Weed and Debra E. Berens

Reliability of Life Care Plans: A Comparison of Original and Updated Plans, Amy M. Sutton, Paul M. Deutsch, Roger O. Weed, and Debra E. Berens

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): From Case Law to Case Management and Life Care Planning Practice, Lewis E. Vierling

Technology and Life Care Planning, Randall L. Thomas

Life Care Planning Resources, Julie A. Kitchen and Laura L. Deutsch

Medical Equipment Choices and the Role of the Rehab Equipment Specialist in Life Care Planning, Paul Amsterdam

NEW! Home Assessment in Life Care Planning, Jim Karl and Roger O. Weed

NEW! Vehicle Modifications: Useful Considerations of Life Care Planners, Roger O. Weed and Lisa R. Engelhart

NEW! Credentialing and Other Issues in Life Care Planning, Roger O. Weed and Debra E. Berens

Appendix I: Standards of Practice for Life Care Planners

Appendix II: Bibliography of Life Care Planning and Related Publications

About the Editors

Roger Weed, PhD, LPC, CRC, CDMS, CCM, FNRCA, FIALCP, professor and graduate rehabilitation counseling coordinator at Georgia State University, is a licensed professional counselor, certified rehabilitation counselor, certified disability management specialist, certified case manager, fellow of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and fellow of the International Academy of Life Care Planners. Dr. Weed is the ethics chair for the International Academy of Life Care Planners and associate editor of the Journal of Life Care Planning. He is also the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the sponsors of the annual life care planning conference.

Debra E. Berens, PhD, CRC, CCM, CLCP, is a certified rehabilitation counselor, certified case manager, and certified life care planner in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2001, she completed a 5-year term as commissioner on the national Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and later was a member of the five-person task force responsible for revising the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and Competencies for the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). Dr. Berens is currently the managing editor of the Journal of Life Care Planning.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation