Life care planning for the child with cerebral palsy

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2013 Aug;24(3):491-505. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2013.03.003. Epub 2013 Apr 13.


A life care plan may be useful to plan the needs of the disabled child with cerebral palsy. A cost analysis for a life care plan depends on the life expectancy of the child, and careful review of the needs of the child. A wide variety of support services may be available in the public sector. Key physical disabilities are associated with diminished life span, as are diminished cognitive abilities, even in the absence of physical impairment. The life care plan must follow the generally accepted and peer-reviewed methodology, with an appropriate foundation for each item recommended.

Keywords: Cerebral palsy; Life care planning; Life expectancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Case Management*
  • Cerebral Palsy / economics*
  • Cerebral Palsy / nursing
  • Cerebral Palsy / therapy*
  • Child
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Home Care Services* / economics
  • Housing / economics
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / economics
  • Self-Help Devices
  • Transportation / economics


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations