What is Palliative Care?
Pathways’ Palliative Care Program is a specialized service providing pain and symptom management, counseling, support and guidance in navigating health care options and choices. This is not hospice care; it is an entirely different option for those dealing with serious illness.
The palliative team’s focus is to provide comfort through the alleviation of symptoms and to offer education, resources and emotional support for you and your family. Palliative care is appropriate for patients of all ages and all stages undergoing treatment for cancer, stroke, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and/or Alzheimer’s Disease but is not limited to these medical conditions.
You receive expert advice in the management of pain, shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety, depression, poor appetite, weakness, and other challenging day-to-day symptoms. Medication-free methods of addressing challenges related to dementia are explored.
Advance Care Planning
We assist you and your family in identifying your goals and translating them into a plan of care. We do this by evaluating the prognosis of your illness, discussing the kinds of challenges that are likely to arise over time; and reviewing the pros and cons of each medical intervention. Together we create an approach for your care which honors you and your family’s goals and wishes.
Counseling and Support
We help you adjust to changes and challenges such as modifications to your daily living and routines, coping with symptoms, and navigating insurance and financial concerns. Additionally, we can assist you with education and connections to community resources. Counseling can help you and your family manage this potentially difficult time in your life.
Who is eligible for Palliative Care?
Anyone with a serious or chronic illness who is struggling with unmanaged symptoms, or in need of guidance and support with their medical condition, is eligible. Pathways Palliative Care Program may be beneficial at any stage of an illness, regardless of whether or not curative treatment is pursued. This service is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. As a non-profit agency, financial need is always a consideration with access to care and we encourage you to let a team member know of any concerns you may have.
Meet Our Core Palliative Care Team
Our Palliative Care Team provides expertise in pain and symptom management, advanced care planning, counseling and support. These highly skilled specialists are also certified through the Alzheimer’s Association in Dementia Essential Advanced Care. Our team works closely with your primary physician to provide options to enhance your quality of life.
Medical Directors: Our medical directors have a combined total of more than 50 years in providing pain management and symptom relief to our community and are highly regarded in this specialized field.
Advanced Practice Nurses: Clinical experts with advanced training in pain and symptom management guide and support you and your family in making choices which impact your health and well-being.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers: These compassionate and caring professionals have undergone in-depth training and possess knowledge of community resources. They provide advanced care planning, offer emotional support, and assist you and your family with any needs and concerns.
Can I keep my Primary Physician?
Yes, your primary physician continues to direct your care with input from the Pathways Palliative Care Team. Together we coordinate care to meet your needs.
How do I get a Palliative Care Referral?
Ask your primary physician for a palliative care referral to Pathways. You can print a Referral/Order Form here to give to your doctor.
Or you can call Pathways at (970) 663-3500 for further information regarding palliative care.
It’s that easy.