Since 1994, Pathway Hospice has been providing home based hospice services in the western Treasure Valley including communities in Malheur and Baker Counties in Oregon, and communities in Payette, Washington and Canyon counties in Idaho.
Pathway Hospice is a non-profit organization in association with Saint Alphonsus Medical Center — Ontario, Oregon. We are certified through Medicare and Medicaid and we are a member of the National Home Care and Hospice Association.
What is Hospice?
Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process and it neither hastens nor postpones death.
Hospice reflects a spirit and philosophy of caring that emphasizes comfort and dignity for the dying. Hospice seeks to enhance the dying person's quality of life and provide support for family and other caregivers. It is a hospice team approach designed to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs of people in the last phase of life.
Hospice services may be provided wherever the person resides, be it private home, nursing home or assisted living facility.
Medicare Part A, Medicaid, most private insurances, and private donations, cover hospice services.
What Services Are Provided?
The professional hospice team and volunteers work with the patient and family to provide the support needed to ensure comfort.
Members of this team include:
- Medical Directors certify the terminal prognosis with the attending physician. They also lead the interdisciplinary team in the development of a plan of care and provide consultation to other physicians regarding hospice care.
- Attending physicians certify the terminal prognosis. They assess patient needs, manage symptoms, and prescribe treatments. They also direct and approve the plan of care and coordinate care with the interdisciplinary team.
- Nurses, who assess patient needs regularly and consult with the patient's physician about treatment. Nurses perform medical care procedures such as wound care, placing and maintaining catheters and expert pain and symptom management. Nurses also provide education to the patient and family regarding end of life issues and skills needed to care for their loved one. Nurses are available 24 hours per day.
- Social workers help patients and families deal with personal, financial, emotional and care planning needs. The Social Worker may help identify community resources and provide referrals, assist with paperwork for insurance or assistance programs and assist with the emotional side of the dying process. They also offer bereavement services for the family and loved ones.
- Home health aides provide personal care to the patient such as bathing, skin care and linen changes. Aides can also assist with light housekeeping and meal preparation.
- Therapists help maximize quality of life, safety of patient and family, and evaluate needs for medical equipment.
- Chaplain, who is available to help both patient and family with spiritual concerns. They also offer bereavement counseling.
- Volunteers may stay with a patient to provide one-on-one companionship such as reading or allowing the family to take a break. They may also run errands as needed.
- Support staff are knowledgeable and competent to direct patient issues to the appropriate source in a timely manner.
- Respite care can also be provided for families needing several days away from care giving. Continuous care may be an option in times of crisis or imminent death.
- Medical equipment, supplies and some medications necessary to ensure comfort are also provided by hospice.
- Bereavement services are offered at no-charge for the family and loved ones of the patients for 13 months as part of hospice services.
Eligibility for Hospice Services
A physician must provide the statement that the individual's medical prognosis is that their life expectancy is 6 months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course. The following is a list of appropriate hospice terminal diagnoses that is not all inclusive.
- End stage cerebrovascular disease (stroke and coma).
- End stage diabetes.
- HIV disease.
- End stage alzheimer's disease.
- End stage liver disease.
- End stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
- End stage renal failure (acute or chronic).
- End stage senescence or debility.
- End stage pulmonary disease.
- End stage parkinson's disease.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- End stage cardiac disease.
- End stage neuromuscular disease.
- Adult failure to thrive.
Ontario Office Servicing Areas Include:
- Malheur county
- Willow Creek
- Payette/Washington/Canyon counties
- New Plymouth
Toll Free: 1-800-900-6689
1050 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite #1600
Ontario, OR 97914
Baker City office
1730 Campbell Street
Baker City, OR 97814
Weiser, ID office