Pathways Palliative Care Program
Welcome to Pathways: Your Holistic Palliative Care Solution
Are you or a loved one facing the challenges of a chronic or life-limiting illness? At Pathways, we understand the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll it can take on both patients and their families. That's why we've designed a comprehensive palliative care program to provide you with the support you need to enhance your quality of life.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a patient and family-centered approach that focuses on improving the overall well-being of individuals with serious illnesses. Our dedicated team, consisting of compassionate nurses, caring social workers, and experienced care advocates, collaborate with your existing healthcare professionals to offer customized support at any stage of your illness.
Why Choose Pathways?
Pathways is not your typical palliative care program. We go beyond just managing pain; we aim to empower you to live your life to the fullest, despite your illness. Our holistic approach encompasses addressing physical, spiritual, and emotional needs, providing you with the tools and knowledge to navigate your unique circumstances.
You can expect the following services with our Pathways palliative care program:
- Nurse Practitioner Visits: Our skilled nurse practitioners will assess your condition, collaborate with your primary doctors, and create a personalized care plan tailored to your specific needs.
- Social Worker Visits: Our social workers provide emotional support for you and your family, counseling, and guidance during your journey. We understand the impact your illness can have on your mental health, and we're here to help.
- Education: Knowledge is power, and we believe in equipping you with the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding your care to empower you as you navigate through your illness.
- Counseling: Dealing with a serious illness can be emotionally overwhelming. Our counselors are here to provide you with a safe space to express your feelings, cope with the emotional impact of your condition, and find strength within yourself.
- Assistance with Advance Care Planning and POLST: It's crucial to plan ahead and have your healthcare preferences known. Our team will guide you through advance care planning, ensuring your wishes are documented and respected.
- Spiritual Support: No matter your religious or spiritual beliefs, our team understands the significance of finding inner peace during challenging times. We provide spiritual support to help you find solace and strength on your personal journey.
- Assistance with Veterans Benefits: If you're a retired veteran, we can help you navigate the complexities of accessing the benefits you deserve. Our team is well-versed in understanding the unique care needs of veterans.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from Pathways?
Anyone diagnosed with a chronic or life-limiting illness; anyone experiencing a serious decline in health or ability to function. This program assists both patients as well as their loved ones.
When is the right time to start palliative care?
Care can begin when someone is faced with the stress of a chronic or life-limiting illness and feels the need for support.
Is there a cost associated with Pathways?
Rest assured, there are no out-of-pocket costs for Pathways members. Our services are funded by Hospice of the North Coast, commercial insurance, Medicare, or Medi-Cal.
Can I still see my own doctor if I join the program?
Absolutely! Your existing medical care and treatment remain unchanged. Pathways is designed to enhance your quality of life by providing an additional layer of support, working in harmony with your healthcare team.
To learn more about admission to Palliative Care, call us at 760.431.4100.