A.I.M. Palliative Care in Hartford, NY
What is A.I.M. Palliative Care?
Patient must meet the following criteria for "homebound status": Need supportive device or help from someone else to leave their home because of illness or injury or has a condition that makes leaving the home medically inadvisable. There must exist a normal inability to leave home; leaving home must require considerable and taxing effort.
1. A.I.M. stands for Advanced Illness Management. It is an outpatient palliative care program providing services in patient's home.
2. A.I.M. services and information:
a. Supportive care for individuals experiencing symptoms of chronic illness.
b. Who should be referred: patients with Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cancer, End Stage Renal Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's Disease.
c. Help patients and families navigate Advanced Care Planning (i.e., MOLST or Health Care Proxy), treatment options, symptoms that impact patients' quality of life, side effects as result of treatment, and reduce frequency of ER visits and/or hospitalizations.
d. Collaboration with Primary Care Physician and/or Specialist to enhance patient quality of care.
e. Patients keep their medical team, A.I.M. is an extra layer of support.
f. Patients can be on the A.I.M. program while receiving other services in the home: homecare agencies (CHHA), physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or VA services. This is not a duplicate of services because A.I.M. does not provide these services.
g. Patients may continue to seek aggressive treatment such as: radiation, chemotherapy, dialysis, IV hydration, hospitalization and/or wound care.
h. A.I.M Nurse Practitioner makes home visits based on frequency determined by clinical needs. At this time A.I.M. does not provide hands on nursing care.
i. Connect patients/families to resources in the community.
j. A.I.M. team available to help trouble shoot questions and/or needs.