Liz Holakiewicz & Associates

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a life care plan? 
A Life Care Plan is a finely detailed, individualized and goal oriented treatment plan for the future care of an individual with a disability or chronic health care need. Included in the treatment plan are intensely researched, substantiated and itemized costs for each recommendation.

What is the process used to develop a life care plan? 
Liz uses the nursing process - the scientific or critical thinking model for nurses - to develop her life care plans. Components of this process include:

  • Medical record review and analysis
  • Interview and assessment
  • Collaboration with treatment and/or physician expert team.
  • Collaboration with economic and vocational experts as appropriate
  • Research and data analysis
  • Plan development
  • Geographically relevant cost research

Does my case need a life care plan? 

A life care plan is utilized to substantiate the care needs for a variety of different injuries: brain injury, spinal cord injury, birth injury, orthopedic injury, chronic pain, vaccine injury (Guillian Barre, post polio, seizure disorder). Cases likely to benefit from a life care plan are those where there is an anticipated need for multiple medications, future surgeries, or assistance by a nurse or attendant on an ongoing or recurring basis.

Why use a nurse for my life care plan? 
The art of nursing is based on caring and respect for human dignity. Though, the nurse is expert on medical treatments, options of care, expected outcomes, expected complications, she also assesses for:

  • Safety of the individual in the home and community
  • Functional ability to accomplish activities of daily living: in other words a person's ability to walk, talk, eat, bathe, groom communicate, etc.
  • Supportive services necessary to achieve best individual function, ie facility care home nursing care, etc. Usually this is the highest cost component of the life care plan. Utilizing a nurse to properly assess the level of care lends credibility to this component of the life care plan.
  • Adaptive aids needed to achieve best function
  • Home and environmental obstacles
  • Specialty equipment needs
  • Emotional, spiritual, social obstacles
  • Community access and involvement

How long does it take? 
The average life care plan takes about 40 hours spread over several months. This includes a home visit or attendance at an IME exam. It does not include testimony or trial preparation. The type of case, how many physicians are involved in the care of the individual and the response time of the providers collaborating with the life care planner all affect the amount of time it takes to develop a plan.

How do I get more information? 
A CV, fee schedule and retainer agreement can be forwarded upon request.

What do I need to provide to get started?

  • Copies of the medical records,
  • Signed retainer agreement with retainer check,
  • Contact information for client, current providers and physician experts, and
  • Copies of depositions and responses to interrogatories

How do I make a referral? 
Referrals can be made by initiating contact with us.

Liz Holakiewicz, Certified Nurse Life Care Planner:
* Experienced
* Collaborative
* Practical
‚Äč * Personable