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Advanced Illness Management

Frequently Asked Questions

How can our Advanced Illness Management (AIM) Program help you?
Working closely with your attending physician, our program provides:
  • Expert treatment of pain and discomfort
  • Close communication and compassionate care
  • Help in navigating the health care system
  • Guidance with difficult treatment choices
  • Communication of your treatment goals and choices to your health care team
  • Home care coordination and referral to community organizations
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Comfort care

What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach that provides patient-centered care for those with serious illnesses, relying on input from doctors, nurses, chaplains, social services and other allied health professionals.

Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
No. Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life. Palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness.

When is the right time for palliative care?
Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness. It is best introduced early in your care and can be provided at the same time as curative treatments.

How can I receive support from the AIM program?
For an AIM consultation, please ask your attending physician to place a referral to our program.

What can I expect from the AIM Program?
  • Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
  • A better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care
  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments
  • Expert coordination of your care with all members of your care team
  • Detailed planning to ensure your medical care after your discharge from the hospital meets your goals and needs