Making crucial choices is often a challenge for people living with advanced or chronic illnesses. Having the right information at the right time is an important way to achieve the ultimate goal of maintaining quality of life.
In a step-by-step, individualized, process the Pathways™ program provides just that kind of education for decision-making. Pathways™ can helps patients and families learn about the practical, emotional, spiritual and medical issues faced by those dealing with advanced or chronic illness. Participants actively learn more about the choices they have and ways to deal with the issues that chronic or advanced illness sometimes brings.
The specific issues addressed and the number of educational sessions varies depending on the needs and direction of the Pathways™ participants.
Working with the physician, the Pathways™ facilitator empowers patients and families to take charge, and deal with issues that accompany chronic or advanced illness by offering life-enhancing education on issues such as:
• Communication issues • Defining Quality of Life • Coping Strategies • Practical Issues • Emotional Issues • Spiritual Issues • Advanced Directives •
Sessions can be provided in the comfort of the home; the hospital or another agreed-upon location, depending on the patient's and family's convenience.
It is important to know that this program does not involve medical care or medical advice, which continues to be directed by the patient's physician.