chapter  Chapter 20
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Elder Care Management Life Care Planning Principles

ByDorothy J. Zydowicz-Vierling

The life care plan created to support elder care is a living document. The plan defines, organizes, prioritizes, and mobilizes every aspect of the elder's care. Benefits for life care planning in elder care may be specified in five areas. First, a life care plan for elder care management enhances individual and family education. Second, a life care plan in elder care management facilitates integration of public and private services. Third, use of a life care plan in elder care management results in decreased stress and peace of mind for the individual and family when the right choices are made to ensure loved ones are safe and getting necessary care. Fourth, the life care plan in elder care management provides a continuing resource to the family through delineation of needs, rationale and outcomes for programs and services, and measureable goals for evaluation of services. Finally, access to community resources is facilitated through life care planning in elder care management.