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HIV/AIDS Team

our-services-specialized-hiv-aids.jpgHospice of the Western Reserve implemented an AIDS program in the 1980s when AIDS was an epidemic. We became the first Ohio hospice with a residential hospice care setting to specialize in caring for AIDS patients facing the end-of-life. For many years, we were the only hospice in the state to receive federal funding via the Ryan White grant program which ensured reimbursement for residential AIDS patients.

With the advent of powerful new drug therapies, excellent preventive education and a shift to a more accepting culture, AIDS is becoming less prevalent and less deadly. HIV is now a chronic condition. Statistics show that new infections are being diagnosed in our service area but deaths remain low as people are seeking care within the first three months of diagnoses. Far fewer patients with AIDS present to us at the end of their life. Some enter hospice because they have more than one condition and their HIV infection complicates their care.

To offer the best possible medical, emotional and psychosocial care for our patients with HIV/AIDS, whether the disease is a primary of secondary illness, we offer the following: ​
 
  • A dedicated team specially trained in caring for individuals with HIV/AIDS.
  • A Research Program partnering with Case Western Reserve Navigator HIV program, offing access to resources from both organizations
  • HIV/AIDS Team which attends specialized HIV/AIDS case management meetings keeping up-to-date on care options