The Illinois Continuity of Care Association exists to enhance the concept of continuity of care as both an essential part of the health care continuum and as integral to total patient care.
- To promote high standards of health care
- To promote the interrelationship between all allied health professions in discharge planning activities
- To develop and promote public awareness of continuity of care
- To provide resources and education programs to enhance the delivery of continuity of care
Standards of Practice
Continuity of Care is an organized and carefully coordinated process essential to high-quality patient/client care which involves the patient, family, and an interdisciplinary team working together to facilitate the transition of the patient/client from one level of care to another.
To define the role of the Continuity of Care professional
The role shall require a specialized body of knowledge of continuity of care principles
- The continuity of care professional shall assess the patient/client’s total care according to his/her level of expertise including educational needs; nutritional needs; special therapy needs; supply and equipment needs; support systems; financial needs; transportation needs; and home care needs. The continuity of care professional shall develop and implement a plan of care matching the patient/client’s needs with available resources.
- The continuity of care professional would meet the educational requirements and adhere to the standards of his/her own discipline, demonstrating professional accountability by:
- maintaining current State license
- attending workshops and programs on continuity of care related issues
- seeking and utilizing knowledge of legislative and regulatory changes
- demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and educational background of the multi-disciplinary team
- demonstrating knowledge of community
- utilizing knowledge and experience in the health care industry
- maintaining patient/client and family confidentiality
- educating consumers and professionals regarding discharge planning
To define the Continuity of Care program guideline
The scope, goals, objectives, and organization of the continuity of care program shall be delineated by each organization
- A written description of the program will include the philosophy and scope.
- Goals and objectives shall address institutional, professional, and patient/client situations.
- Written policy, procedures, and job descriptions must be up-to-date.
- The discharge planning function should be assigned to a person or persons in order to assure professional accountability.
To evaluate the Continuity of Care program
Mechanisms for evaluation of the program shall be developed and used to assure quality of care and appropriateness of services
- The following should be used in accordance with each specific program:
- ongoing quality assurance activities
- written and telephone surveys
- peer review
- Problem identification with documentation corrective action
Board of Directors
Senior Blue Book
PO Box 46473
St. John, IN
1st Vice President
12040 Raymond Ct.
Gentle Home Services
570 Lake Cook Road
Kastle Keeper, LLC
201 E. Ogden, Suite 218
750 S. Park Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL
Phoenix Home Care, LLC
200 South Frontage Road, Suite #320
Burr Ridge, IL
(Alphabetical by Chapter)
3510 Hobson Road,
Dawson Relocation Services
5315 N. Clark Street, #209
Heritage Corridor Chapter
Joliet Area Community Hospice
250 Waterstone Circle
Riverside Medical Center
350 N. Wall Street
Ph: 815-935-7256 x3798
Lake McHenry Chapter
6220 Kingsbridge Drive
Cary, IL 60013
NW Metro Chapter
Pathway to Living
30 S. Wacker
Chicago, IL 60606
South Chicago Chapter
Superior Air Ground Ambulance
395 W. Lake St.,
Elmhurst, IL 60126
South Suburban Chapter
1234 E. Sibley
Dolton, IL 60419
Three Rivers Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter
850 Essington Road #200
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Heart of Illinois
Patti Jo Scates
Metro East 13
South Region V
815-935-7256 ext. 3798
Illinois Continuity of Care consists of 15 Chapters statewide.
Roll over any region for Chapter name.
Click any region for More Information.