When you arrive at Centegra, you will be asked if you have an advance healthcare directive such as a Power of Attorney for Healthcare. If you so desire, information about advance healthcare directives will be provided to you.
Types of Advance Healthcare Directives include:
- Power of Attorney for Healthcare
- Living Will Declaration
- Illinois Declaration for Mental Health Treatment
- (POLST) Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
All forms can be found on the official Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/books/advin.htm
Members of the Centegra Ethics Committee are available to help patients, families or caregivers when they are faced with difficult ethical decisions.
Ethics consultations may be requested if a patient or family member would like additional information, dialogue and support in dealing with the following areas:
- Advance directives
- Surrogate decision making
- The refusal of treatment
- Conflicts with caregivers
- Withholding or withdrawing treatment
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders
- Other issues perceived as ethical problems
An ethics consultation can be initiated by either:
Placing a call to the Nursing Supervisor (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- (815) 759-4299 (7 am–3 pm)
- (815) 759-4249 (3 pm–7 am and holidays and weekends)
- (815) 334-3977
Asking a caregiver to initiate an ethics consultation on your behalf
- You will be asked about the nature of the ethical problem and how you can be contacted.
The best initial approach to an ethical conflict is a discussion that can include patients, family members, chaplains, nurses, physicians and other involved healthcare professionals. These discussions may be organized as a patient care conference.