LifeCare Health Services Home Health, Hospice

A Different Kind of Palliative Home Care

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AIM - Advanced Illness Management

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 large percentage of these people do not receive hospice services in a timely manner for two reasons.

  1. 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.
  2. Medicare's rules require hospice patients be done with treatments that are intended as curative. Often, patients who would benefit from palliative care 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 – often 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

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:

If you are thinking about hospice, palliative care, or home health, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions and even visit your home for a free consultation.



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