There are many individuals in St. Lawrence County who are frequently admitted to hospitals with an advanced and progressive disease who could benefit from the special kind of care we provide. Like hospice patients, in addition to pain and other physical symptoms of their illness, these patients are often coping with emotional, social, and spiritual distress.
The AIM Program is Not Hospice, rather, it is palliative care which focuses on the relief of symptoms related to the disease. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life by aligning the patient’s goals of care and treatment and is intended to be an extra layer of support in navigating life with a chronic illness. The majority of services are offered through in-person visits at the patient’s home.
- Services are available at any age, in any stage of illness, and can be provided in addition to other treatments
- The AIM team consists of a Nurse Practitioner, case manager, social worker, chaplain and other professionals as needed
- Provides care to manage pain and other symptoms of the chronic disease while educating the patient and family on understanding the likely progression of the disease
- Case management links the patient and family with other services available in the community
- Coordinates care with the patient’s primary care physician and other specialists