Community and Partners

As baby boomers age and more enter late life, the number of Americans needing complex care is growing. These individuals struggle to stay independent and navigate the healthcare system with their complex medical needs. They also have many social, emotional, and financial needs; their families struggle to meet these needs while often feeling unsupported themselves.

What is LifeCourse?

LifeCourse addresses these challenges by offering a person-centered approach to guiding individuals and families through the often fragmented late life care experience. LifeCourse was developed based on the experience of patients, caregivers, providers, as well as the national guidelines for palliative care.

LifeCourse participants are paired with a trained community health worker, called a care guide, who:

  • is a non-clinical member of the medical care team
  • is trained to provide whole-person care using standardized questions sets and validated tools
  • communicates what matters most with the medical care team in-person & using the electronic health record
  • offers long-term person-centered support during monthly visits in the home

Throughout the program, LifeCourse participants work with a care guide to:

  • explore what matters most to them as medical and nonmedical needs grow
  • communicate with their family and the medical care team
  • connect to needed medical and community-based resources

Click here to see where LifeCourse is currently offered!

 

LifeCourse Expansion

Inspired by great success in the Midwest, we are building a movement to make LifeCourse available for all and influence late life care nationwide. We continue to strengthen LifeCourse as a social and economic solution to the demographic, workforce, and health ecosystem challenges in caring for those with complex needs. We are collaborating with clinics and community organizations to serve individuals with serious illness, learn together, measure progress towards stated goals and outcomes, and share findings with others.

For more information, contact us lifecourse@allina.com