Life care planning involves preparing a care and treatment plan for patients with injuries, disabilities, and illnesses. Life care planning might be a good career if you are compassionate, organized, and would enjoy working in the medical field. Whether the need for this type of extended care was caused by aging or a debilitating accident, life care planning it is often an emotionally charged process for family and loved ones. A highly trained and compassionate life care planner can be invaluable in this process. As stated in Act S347, congress has found that every year eighty percent of the people who die in the US are in nursing homes, hospitals, and other such facilities. Congress also found that chronic illnesses account for 2 out of every 3 deaths. As a life care planner you can help make sure the patient is comfortable and well cared for the rest of their lives or until they can be rehabilitated.
You will need knowledge of the legal and insurance industries in addition to the medical field. According to the Commission on Health Care Certification, to become a certified life care planner you must complete a minimum of 120 post-graduate hours of specific training. This training might include classes in ethical and legal issues as well as communication and cultural differences. If you want to make a difference in a patient?s life, a career in life care planning might be right for you.
Publish date: February 10, 2011