Offering education, information, strength & support
Palliative medicine and supportive care is a medical specialty focusing on comfort care and provides support and education to individuals and families who are facing serious or chronic illness. Pathways focuses on you as a whole person, taking the time to provide information, resources and services developed around what is most important to you and your family. Rather than just treating symptoms, we learn about you…how you want to live, what you want to do, and what kind of assistance is the most helpful. Pathways program provides the kind of information and education needed for good decision making.
Our primary goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families who are facing serious illness.
Who is eligible for palliative and supportive medicine?
Any patient with a serious illness. Patients who need and benefit from this service often have serious, chronic or life-limiting illness or injury. However, patients do not have to be considered terminally or irreversibly ill to receive these services.
To Contact our Pathways Palliative Care Team Call:
We can provide:
- Help to understand complicated medical circumstances
- Help with consideration of your options and thinking through difficult decisions
- Help to improve symptoms including physical pain, shortness of breath, nausea and more
- Help to improve emotional pain, depression and anxiety
- Help for you and your family in addressing any spiritual needs
- Help for you in coping with transitions through stages of illness
- Help in dealing with feelings of sadness, loss and grief
- Help with planning for the future
Additionally, services can be provided in your home, or the hospital or a place convenient for you; a staff person is available to you 24/7.
Together you and your team will work to meet your physical, spiritual and emotional goals.
Palliative and supportive medicine is not the same as hospice care. Patients seen by the Pathways team are often still receiving treatments designed to treat their serious illness or injury. To learn more about the difference between palliative care and hospice care, visit –http://www.nextstepincare.org/uploads/File/Guides/Hospice/hospice.pdf
The Pathways Palliative Care Program is provided as an outreach of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke, & Fannin Counties.