With the support of a multi-million dollar grant from the Robina Foundation, Allina Health has begun a multi-year study, called LifeCourseTM, that aims to establish a new way of providing care.
The formal study began in early 2013 after a four-month preliminary trial, and will focus on 400 to 500 individuals living with dementia, stage three and four cancer and heart failure.
We know that individuals and their loved ones often struggle with medical and non-medical challenges when living with a serious illness. This research program is studying a whole-person approach to supporting them, and those that care for them, as they face challenges.
The goal of LifeCourse is to support study participants by exploring and providing resources to help those with serious illness to live as they wish.
The LifeCourse team includes (back row, from left) Jason, care guide; Megan, care guide; Leah, care guide; Kathy, care guide; Laura, care guide; Allison, family therapist; Katie, chaplain; Juan, care guide; (front row, from left) James, nurse; Deborah, care guide; Cindy, care guide; Judi, care guide; Brenda, pharmacist. Not pictured are Scott, social worker; and Sharon, nurse.
The LifeCourse team walks beside individuals and families during their journey, working together with the entire health care team.
At the center of the LifeCourse team is a care guide who partners with each individual and their key family members and friends. The care guide is interested in what is most important to them so that they can live well.
The care guide is backed up by an expert team made up of a chaplain, marriage and family therapist, social worker, pharmacist and nurse. LifeCourse will work together with the individual's existing doctor(s) to help them and their loved ones realize their goals.
For more about the LifeCourse research project, contact Paige Bingham, project director, 612-262-0700.
For resources to help you, or someone you care about, live well with serious illness, go to lifecoursemn.org .