CRC - Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management

Organization: CRC
Publication Date: 26 April 2011
Page Count: 1,054


Advances and adaptations in the life care planning field continue to emerge, and these advances have inspired the second edition of this book, Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management. This edition combines amended chapters from the first edition with a series of new chapters highlighting evolving practices and expanded knowledge in the field.

To work on the development of a life care plan, the planner needs to focus on the child's current and future growth and development, and to use accepted life care planning methodology to make recommendations based on the medical, psychological, case management, and rehabilitation foundation. Oftentimes the life care plan projections far surpass the pediatric years and need to continue into adulthood, in some cases into the geriatric years. This can be a daunting task for any life care planner. However, whether the plan is for an infant, child, adult, or senior, the life care planning methodology remains consistent.

Life care planners, like other professionals, have varied backgrounds, experiences, and education. This book provides information to assist life care planners with some of the questions and challenges that may arise while working on pediatric life care plans. We especially sought to address informational requests from life care planners as they continue to work and translate knowledge on paper into practice in the field. The topics covered include growth and development, pediatric team members, chronic medical conditions and disability states, as well as forensic considerations and pediatric-specific issues. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the essential issues in care coordination and case management for children with disabilities. It has been written by experienced and dedicated professionals, and should serve as a guide not only to life care planners, but also to health-care professionals, education specialists, insurance decision makers, attorneys, and families who work with children with special health-care needs. In all, this book seeks to educate and inspire those interested in the health and development of these children.