Director of Cost of Future Care/Life Care Planner

Simone Hartman-SzarkiewiczAs director of cost of future care, life care planner and consultant occupational therapist at Health First Health Care Solutions, Simone Hartman-Szarkiewicz has been dedicated to providing safe, ethical and effective hospital, clinic and community-based treatment, case management, rehabilitation and return-to-work services throughout the Lower Mainland since June 2013 and within Australia since 2012.

Simone commenced her studies at the school of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2002 and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science in 2005.  She then studied at the school of Science and Health at the University of Western Sydney, Australia (now the Western Sydney University), and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy).  She has completed the in-person and on-line requirements of the Roy Matheson Mastery Series: Advanced Cost of Future Care/Life Care Planning. She is a qualified expert witness to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in cost of future care and occupational therapy.  She maintains registration as a non-practicing occupational therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and holds full registration in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia.  She is a current member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.

As an experienced rehabilitation-trained occupational therapist, Simone offers services within the community in order to assess all aspects of function.  She offers a unique and in-depth approach to cost of future care evaluations based on her training as an occupational therapist and her extensive post-graduate education in brain injury, mental health, physical dysfunction, equipment, functional mobility and activities of daily living (ADL) assessment.

Simone not only adheres to the standards of practice of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia, she works to exceed established standards by continually monitoring and improving her professional competence and providing the highest possible quality of care and services.  Simone regularly attends evidence-based practice workshops and conferences and is committed to ongoing continuing education and evidence-based practice.  She strives for excellence and views her role as director of cost of future care and life care planner as that of an educator, aiming to clearly communicate the nature of an examinee’s disability, any residual functional limitations and the effects of the disability throughout their life expectancy.

Simone is an Australian citizen with Canadian permanent resident status.  She has made beautiful Vancouver her home with her husband, where she enjoys cycling, swimming, hiking and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.