AIM Palliative Home Health: Palliative Alternative to Hospice Care
AIM is a unique program offered by STAT Home Health in partnership with St. Joseph Hospice. AIM Palliative Home Health provides in-home palliative care for patients facing life-limiting illnesses, who wish to continue actively fighting an illness, even during late phases that require symptom control and interventional pain management.
Benefits of Palliative Home Health
Palliative care is shown to help not only extend life, but also quality of life. A well know study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reported patients who received early palliative care had better quality of life and lived longer than patients who received standard care. See the journal article here.
Who Can Benefit?
AIM Palliative Home Health services can benefit anyone with a life-limiting illness needing time and information to make an informed decision regarding treatment and care options, especially:
- Dialysis patients who plan to continue dialysis treatments
- Cancer patients who plan to continue radiation treatments
- Cancer patients who plan to continue chemotherapy treatments
- Advanced heart disease patients who want to explore options
- Advanced COPD patients who want to explore options
AIM Palliative Care Providers
All members of the AIM Team are trained to provide palliative care and they have a unique understanding of the needs of those facing a terminal illness.
Team members include:
- Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Physicians
- Registered/Licensed Practical Nurses
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Medical Social Workers
What is the Difference Between Traditional Home Health and AIM Palliative Home Health?
Traditional home health service is offered to those with a brief illness or debilitating circumstances that are not considered terminal. Palliative home health is provided to patients facing terminal illness who wish to continue life-extending or curative treatment, or those who need more time to explore options.
The AIM team is experienced in providing services to palliative care and hospice patients, and they are available to transition with the patient into hospice care if and when that decision is made.
Patients and their families can take comfort knowing their caregivers will not change.
Although palliative home health visits are less frequent, as a patient, you and your family are provided the same services received by a hospice patient from the same qualified and compassionate staff.
How is AIM Palliative Home Health Different from Hospice?
Palliative care allows both patient and family time to explore options and make decisions about how they wish to deal with a terminal illness. While the services provided are similar to those provided through home hospice, palliative care is administered through home health and, unlike hospice, it is offered to those who wish to seek or continue curative treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation or dialysis. Patients will be assigned a team that specializes in their medical/surgical needs and/or palliative needs. Comfort care, along with physical, emotional and spiritual support, can be provided to both the patient and their family.
AIM Palliative Home Health offers patients,
- Expert care and pain management for symptoms associated with terminal illnesses
- Social services support
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Treatment strategy and guidance
- Support for family and friends
We Can Help
Wondering if palliative home health is right for you or a loved one? Our expert patient care professionals can help you decide what is best. Contact us at the nearest office using our office locator. We are available 24/7 to assist you.