Faced with a serious illness? Learn how A.I.M. can help at health night

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When a serious illness such as congestive heart failure or cancer is affecting someone’s quality of life and causing them significant discomfort, Rome Memorial Hospital wants local residents to find the support they need from the A.I.M. Palliative Care team.

Learn how the A.I.M. (Advanced Illness Management) program improves the lives of patients and families facing serious illness at Health Night, Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m.

The free program will be held at Rome Memorial Hospital in the second floor classroom.

A.I.M. Palliative Care is medical care focused on relief of symptoms and stress of a serious illness, for example COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease or end stage cardiac disease, CHF (congestive heart failure) or cancer — whatever the diagnosis or age of the patient. The goal is to help people live comfortably and to provide the best possible quality of life for patients and families.

Guest speakers Liane Chlus and Mary Bogdan will discuss:

What is A.I.M. Palliative Care?

Who can benefit from the A.I.M. program?

What can the team do for you?

What makes A.I.M. Palliative Care different from hospice?

The palliative team includes a specially trained nurse practitioner who can help patients manage the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to avoid hospitalization.

“The A.I.M. program is not end of life care,” said A.I.M. Nurse Practitioner Liane Chlus. “We are here to provide you with support for advanced illness management to help you live a better quality of life when you have a chronic or serious illness.”

“That support could mean helping you manage symptoms (nausea, sleep problems, depression/anxiety, pain, loss of appetite, shortness of breath) related to chronic illness and treatments, maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible, or coordinate care and treatment with doctors,” Chlus added.

Chlus has privileges at Rome Memorial Hospital for inpatient consultations, but patients can also contact A.I.M. directly to learn about services that may be available to them. Patients can also be referred by their physician. 

A question-and-answer session with the speakers and members of Rome Memorial Hospital’s Continuum of Care team will follow the presentation.

Health Night is a free lecture series sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital.

Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees should use the Bartlett Wing entrance off East Oak Street. There will be signs to direct you to the classroom.

For more information about Health Night, or to make a reservation, call 315-337-5309.

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