“I never thought I would need home health care, but I contracted a bacterial infection that required eight weeks of IV treatment. My Pathways nurse was professional, efficient, and a great teacher–so patient and understanding.”
– Harry F.
Our family of services constantly evolves based on our clients’ needs, new technologies, and changes to Medicare, Medi-Cal and other health insurance. We have specialized programs for chronic illnesses including heart failure, COPD, and pneumonia.
Specialized Nursing Care
• Home infusion therapy
• Disease management
• Wound and ostomy care
• Diabetic education
• Stroke recovery
• Fracture and joint rehabilitation
• Home safety and mobility instruction
• Speech therapy
When dealing with a health challenge, the best place to get better is often in the comfort of your own home. Pathways Home Health makes that possible. Our skilled team can ease the transition from a hospital stay to independently managing care on your own. Home Health provides comprehensive services for people who need help while:
- Recovering from illness, injury or surgery
- Managing chronic disease
- Coping with life-threatening conditions
In home health, our goals are to help our patients improve their physical well-being, become as independent as they can be, and enjoy the best quality of life possible.
We provide professional skilled services at home, as ordered and directed by the patient’s doctor.
What to expect from Home Health
Pathways provides hands-on care and teaches patients and caregivers all they need to manage care at home. Our services are customized to meet each individual’s needs, and we are available when you need us, seven days a week. You can count on Pathways for:
- Doctor-directed home visits from a team of caring healthcare professionals
- Education and support to teach patients and their caregivers how to manage care at home
- A 24/7 nurse hotline for consultation or to arrange a home visit if needed
- Professional staff who seamlessly coordinate care
- A wide range of services, including nursing, physical rehabilitation, speech therapy, and Palliative Care
The Home Health Care Team
Depending on what the doctor prescribes, a patient’s home health care team may include one or more of the following experts:
- A nurse who evaluates the patient, reports back to the physician with an assessment, provides hands-on care, and teaches the patient about their condition and its treatment, pain and symptom control, medication, and more
- A physical therapist, occupational therapist and/or speech pathologist who develops and implements a coordinated rehabilitation plan based on the patient’s physical needs and personal goals
- A home health aide to help with personal care such as bathing and dressing
- A social worker to provide short-term counseling, as well as advice about resource planning and long-term care arrangements if needed
- A dietitian who consults with the team regarding the patient’s nutritional needs and gives healthy meal guidance, in accordance with any cultural and dietary restrictions
Insurance Coverage and Qualifying for Home Health
A physician must order Home Health and to qualify patients must meet the following criteria:
- Leaving home is physically taxing and usually requires the help of another person and equipment such as a walker or wheelchair.
- They have a “skilled need”—a problem that requires the services of a registered nurse, speech pathologist, or physical therapist
As long as a physician has prescribed home health, Medicare, Medi-Cal and most other insurance will cover home health visits. We will work with your insurance provider to review your benefits.
Arranging Home Health
If you are hospitalized, talk with your doctor or hospital case manager about home health and ask for Pathways as your home health provider. Medicare says that you must always have a choice of providers. We will work closely with them to provide a smooth transition from hospital to your home.If you are not in the hospital, you can talk with your doctor or call our admissions staff. We will work with your doctor to develop a plan for your home health.
A Daughter's Testimonial
“I was a nurse, so I really looked into different hospices for my mom. Each day with Pathways we knew we had made the right choice — it wasn’t just the expert and sensitive care, but the amazing people.”
— Marie P.
What Makes Pathways Hospice So Exceptional?
Here are a few of the things that distinguish Pathways from other hospice providers:
- We are accredited by the ACHC, which also accredits hospitals
- We have pharmacists on staff to assess patient medications and minimize the risks of side effects or medication interactions
- We offer a specialized dementia program tailored to the vulnerabilities of patients with cognitive issues
- Nurses are available 24-hours a day to address our patients’ questions and make visits as needed
- We offer specialized hospice care for children
- We provide unusually extensive grief support for families, including counseling, workshops, support groups, and remembrance events
- We have a Palliative Care program for people who are seriously ill
As one of the nation’s very first hospice providers, Pathways has decades of experience helping people live their remaining days to the fullest, in comfort and dignity. Easing the weight of care for families allows patients and loved ones to cherish their remaining time together better.
What to Expect From Hospice Care
The goal of hospice care is to relieve symptoms, control pain, and give patients the support they need to enjoy their days as fully, normally, and comfortably as possible. Research shows that people who have hospice generally live longer than people with the same conditions who do not have hospice. In addition to providing medical, nursing, and personal care, Pathways Hospice offers practical, spiritual and emotional support for both patients and their loved ones.
Hospice Care Team
Each hospice patient has an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals led by a registered nurse (RN) available to them. The team includes:
- An aide who provide personal care, support, and companionship
- A social worker to listen, counsel, and connect families with community support systems
- A chaplain to provide spiritual support or connect the family with members of their faith community
- A physician to review care for optimal management, support the patient’s own doctor, and to make house calls when needed
- A pharmacist who collaborates with physicians and nurses to prevent unwanted side-effects and drug interactions
- Trained vigil volunteers available to support patients and families at the end of life
In addition to providing compassionate hands-on care, our team teaches caregivers all they need to know to best care for their loved one. RNs are available by phone 24/7 and can make visits after office hours when needed. Many of our caregivers are fluent in a second language, a great comfort to patients whose native tongue language isn’t English
Transitioning to Hospice
Before they are ready for hospice care, some patients receive palliative care, a multi-disciplinary approach to treating serious illness that focuses on comfort rather than on cure. Palliative care addresses symptoms, relieves pain, and maximizes quality of life for the seriously ill.
Palliative Care may be an additional service provided in the hospital, a supplement to medical care at a clinic, or when it is difficult to get to the clinic it can be provided at home through home health services such as Pathways.
A transition from palliative care to hospice may be recommended by a doctor when a patient’s life expectancy is projected to be 6 months or less. For those who qualify, hospice offers more services with fewer restrictions than palliative care.
Hospice from Pathways can be delivered in a private home, a nursing home, an assisted living facility—and sometimes in the hospital.