AIM™ - Advanced Illness Management
Bridging the Gap in Palliative Care
LifeCare's innovative AIM™ program bridges the gap between traditional home health and traditional hospice care. Thousands of families in East Texas are at home managing very advanced illnesses, and they need the type of expertise and service that hospice provides. However, a very large percentage of these people do not receive hospice services in a timely manner for two reasons.
- Medicare's hospice rules require that a patient have a prognosis of six months or less. Many diseases, especially non-cancer diagnoses, do not run a predictable course. Therefore, the doctor cannot always make the six-month prognosis that Medicare's rules require.
- Medicare's rules require that hospice patients be done with treatments that are intended as curative. Often, patients who would benefit from palliative care services are not done exploring their curative options.
For this very important group of patients, LifeCare has developed the innovative AIM program. Our AIM program uses your home health benefit (from Medicare or insurance) to deliver care from hospice-trained nurses, support from a medical social worker certified in psychiatric counseling, rehabilitative therapies, home health aide support, and other palliative care services at no cost to the family. With AIM, prognosis is not an admission criterion, and patients in our palliative care program are free to pursue any medical treatment they choose, including curative treatments.
Important AIM services include:
- Pain and symptom management from registered nurses trained and experienced in hospice care (especially the symptoms of dyspnea, nausea, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping);
- Nutritional support and counseling;
- Caregiver training;
- Skilled and supportive home health services including skilled nursing care, rehabilitative therapies, and home health aides;
- Counseling, for patient and family, around anticipatory grief, coping with the difficulties of treatment, and similar issues;
- Education and support regarding end-of-life planning and advance directives.
Support Available to Patients and Family 24/7
Benefits of Palliative Care
Receiving additional in-home palliative care services such as pain management, symptom control, nutrition, counseling, personal care support, and advance-care planning assistance has been connected with important benefits. The benefits of palliative care include
- improved survival of patients,
- improved emotional health of family members,
- increased family satisfaction,
- decreased financial burden on patients,
- and decreased healthcare spending in terms of emergency visits and unplanned hospital admissions.
Medicare Pays 100% for qualified patients
If you or someone you care about could benefit from Home Health or Hospice, please contact LifeCare today.