In the wake of a serious injury, such as spinal cord injuries or brain trauma, patients are eager to return to their normal routines. However, these patients are grappling with new impairments that can inhibit their mobility, turning once simple tasks into impassable obstacles. Many patients require home modifications after injury; some will even need to redesign entire rooms in their homes. In this article, we look at how a life care planner can assist with this task.
If you’re a lawyer working on a case with a patient who suffered serious injury, turn to Cardinal LifeCare Consulting for assistance. We can create an evidence-based life care plan for the patient outlining recommended home modifications, treatments, pain management, and more.
Our goal is to give you a clear view of the patient’s needs, wants, and desires moving forward. Contact us today at 724-487-0519 to speak to a life care planner.
Role of a Life Care Planner: Home Modifications
For patients with serious injuries or seniors at risk of falling, home modifications are often necessary to ensure the individual can still live independently or with in-home care. These alterations can range from relatively minor changes to transforming entire rooms in the home.
For example, a patient confined to a wheelchair may have to redesign every element of their bathroom to accommodate their condition. However, a patient with a single leg amputation may only have to modify certain parts of the bathroom, such as the shower, as they are less impaired.
Home modifications are made based on both the patient’s condition and their wants and needs. Hence, the alterations required can vary drastically from one patient to the next, even amongst patients with the same condition or injury. As a result, it can be a complex process to not only identify the appropriate modifications, but to also coordinate these changes to ensure the patient’s home is ready to accommodate their new needs as soon as possible.
In these cases, a life care planner is an invaluable ally. He or she will take time to understand the patient’s impairments and living situation and then use that information to determine which home modifications will assist recovery and help improve the patient’s quality of life. A life care planner can also create a life care plan, a comprehensive document outlining both the current and future medical needs of the patient along with the associated costs.
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A life care planner can give you great insight into a patient’s condition and take steps to ensure the patient attains optimal recovery. At Cardinal LifeCare Consulting, we can connect you with a qualified life care planner or expert witness to assist in your case. Contact us today at 724-487-0519 to discuss your life care planning needs with a member of our team.