Cultivating Quality of Life
We work to provide prompt and professional life care plans with a hands-on, personal approach in a collaborative spirit. We collaborate with the client's current treatment team, when possible, to provide a comprehensive and patient-centered plan of care. This plan of care promotes best outcomes, explains recommended rehabilitation, reflects practices that are preventative in nature and reduces complications due to illness or injury.
When do you need a Life Care Plan?
Anytime you find yourself wondering about the extent of the client's injury or disability and the cost of future care, it is time to consider a life care plan.
By definition, the Life Care Plan is a dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis, and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. (IALCP, 1998)
The time to get a Life Care Planner involved is "as soon as possible". The care plan is a team effort that uses the opinions of the patient's physicians, therapists, counselors, and other caregivers. Starting early in the case allows time for necessary assessments to take place to allow for comprehensive care planning.
Why do you need a life care plan?
In the face of a complicated illness or injury, a methodical, and yet, dynamic process must be followed to ensure a full understanding is reached about current and future needs.
Life Care Plan Analysis
In addition to building life care plans, our consultants are skilled at analyzing existing life care plans developed for the injured client.
Life Care Plan Updating
Life care plans may also need reviewing and updating when time has pass and/or the patient's status has changed. This is especially important when the life care plan is developed at an age prior to adulthood.
Quality of Life Advocate
Maybe you do not need a full life care plan, but could use guidance on how to improve your quality of life after a serious injury. We can help!
Brain Injury Expertise
We are uniquely qualified to provide life care plans for traumatic brain injury survivors. The life care planning expert, Amy Mackenzie, PhD, RN, CLCP completed an intensive PhD study and independent research in the needs of brain injury survivors and how quality of life is impacted over the lifespan for those individuals. This expertise is used in the assessment and planning process to build a life care plan that promotes an optimized quality of life for the brain injury survivor.
Amy Mackenzie, PhD, RN, CLCP, CCM
Amy Mackenzie is a Certified Life Care Planner with special expertise in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cases. Before becoming a life care planner, Dr. Mackenzie worked as a critical care nurse, and then became the Director of Nursing Services at Pinehurst Alzheimer Special Care Center. She was later the Director of Patient Services at the Azalea Sleep Center. Amy was an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Texas at Tyler for several years. Amy has years of experience writing life care plans for both plaintiff and defense clients. She is a facilitator for the East Texas Brain Injury Support Group, and a member of the Texas Nurses Association, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, and Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.
University of Texas, Tyler
PhD, Doctoral Nursing Program.
Expertise in Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors
Master of Science, Nursing Administration
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Life Care Planning Certificate Program
Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Certification for Assisted Living Management
The University of Texas, Austin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Certified Life Care Planner
Certified Case Manager
Mackenzie, A., Alfred, D., Fountain, R., & Combs, D. (2015). Quality of Life and Adaptation for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors: Assessment of the Disability Centrality Model. Journal of Rehabilitation, 81(3), 9.
Anna "Katie" Heater, RN, BSN, CLCP, CCM
Katie Heater is a Certified Life Care Planner. She is a Registered Nurse with a background in pediatrics and case management and has been certified as a Legal Nurse Consultant since 2011. She has worked with both defense and plaintiff firms in creating life care plans and cost estimates. Katie is a member of International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. She also volunteers with CASA for Kids of East Texas.
Bryan Muench, MS, PT, PCS, CLCP
Bryan Muench is a Certified Life Care Planner with a background in physical therapy. He has worked 20 years in pediatric and adult care, primarily in the arena of home health. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 with a Master’s degree in physical therapy. He was certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2012. He has experience as a physical therapist working in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and early childhood intervention in addition to his vast home health experience. In his spare time, he coaches a home-school varsity baseball team based out of Tyler, Texas. He lives in Gladewater, Texas, with his wife Erin, and their ten children.
Jordan Copeland, RN
Jordan Copeland is a registered nurse with a background in medical surgical, psychiatric and cardiac nursing. She also has experience in home health care. She is actively pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with the end goal of becoming a Certified Life Care Planner.