If you or a loved one has a serious illness, making sure they are as comfortable as possible is a top priority alongside their medical care. When the patient is being primarily cared for by a family member, their care can be often overwhelming for non-medical professionals. We offer both Advanced Illness Management, as well as Home Hospice Care. Both services help to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible. Hospice Care and Advanced Illness Management have many similarities but are not the same medical care.
What is Palliative Care?
Advanced Illness Management, also known as AIM or palliative care, is a holistic approach to the treatment of a patient with a serious illness. The goal of AIM is to continue curative treatment for as long as possible before transitioning to end-of-life care when the time is right.
This care is provided by AmeriCare in-home, and is designed to support the highest quality of life possible for both patients and their loved ones. AIM is not dependent on a particular stage of the disease, or the patient’s need for other therapies.
AmeraCare’s Palliative care program is directed by a hospice and palliative care nurse practitioner, who makes home visits and coordinates care with the primary care provider to increase the quality of life and discuss advanced care planning.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a resource for patients at the end stage of life, including support for their families. At AmeraCare Home Hospice, we work with the patient’s physician to ensure he or she receives medical supplies, medications, equipment, nurse home care visits, counseling services and more.
AmeraCare offers four different levels of Hospice Care that are detailed in our Frequently Asked Questions.
Similarities between Palliative Care and Hospice Care:
- Many daily stresses that impact the patient’s family caregivers are relieved by both hospice and AIM. This includes support and resources for caregivers, medication management and more.
- Diseases such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, can be treated by either AIM or Hospice Care, depending on the disease progression.
- Both allow patients to receive care in-home and avoid unnecessary emergency room visits, hospitalizations or invasive procedures.
Differences between Advanced Illness Management and Hospice Care:
- Typically, Hospice Care is focused on the patient’s care within the last six months of their life. AIM may start earlier and includes ongoing curative treatment of the patient’s disease.
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