What is the difference in a Life Care Planner and a Case Manger?

A Life Care Planner reviews an individual’s medical records and collaborates with the healthcare treatment team to outline the current and future needs related to an individual’s disability or chronic medical problem.  They serve to educate all parties involved regarding the nature of the disability and future care recommendations.  Life Care Planners provide an objective report and do not act as advocates for the patient.  They do not implement the recommendations that are provided in the life care plan.  A Case Manager often implements a life care plan and helps to facilitate and coordinate an individual’s care.  They may act as an advocate for the individual and arrange appropriate resources within a community to meet the patient’s needs while promoting quality, cost-effective outcomes.