Determining Patient Readiness for Palliative Care

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Most of the time, when I’m asked to see patient for a “palli consult”, I ask them what their understanding of palliative care is.  The number one answer is “I’m not sure”, or “I’ve never heard of it”.  The World Health Organization defines it as “an ...

Multisystem Atrophy and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: Part II

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In this second article in our series about multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD), you’ll meet Ileen McFarland, a Dallas-based support group facilitator for the CurePSP Foundation, a n...

Multisystem Atrophy and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: Part I

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This is the first in a series of blog posts about multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD). Pathway Hospice is committed to providing our compassionate care to patients and families stru...

PALLIATIVE CARE ISSUES FOR TRANSFUSION-DEPENDENT PATIENTS

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The decision to stop transfusions can be a difficult one for patients and families. This resource from Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin offers “Fast Facts” about transfusion and clarifies the risks and benefits associated with the tre...

The Psychosocial Impact of Isolation

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On March 12, 2020, I was driving to Tennessee so my son could visit with his cousins before his Spring Break ended. As I was driving, I got notification, after notification, on my phone from the long-term care facilities that I visited as a hospice s...

Music and Hospice

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Pathway’s incredible team of SEVEN Hospice Chaplains have always utilized music as a way to connect with our patients. We’re looking forward to post- COVID days when they can resume their group devotionals in which music played such an...

Dispelling Hospice Myths: Electing Hospice Care Means that You Are Giving Up Hope

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Hope is a constant companion to the terminally ill throughout their entire disease process. Initially, there is hope for a cure, a return to health, and to life as they have always known it.  When the time comes for a person to acknowledges...

Independence at End of Life

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An important aspect of our mission at Pathway is to educate our community about hospice and palliative care. Our philosophy has always been simple: It’s not about dying. Hospice is about choosing how you want to live.  Our culture often...

Hospice: An In-Depth Look

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Pathway Hospice was very proud to have our own Marlene Tate, Hospice Community Liaison, featured in a series of articles about hospice care. Hospice: An In-Depth Look is intended to help dispel common myths surrounding hospice philosophy. Click on th...

COVID-19 – Coronavirus

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Patient Care Pathway Hospice continues to admit patients to service and to provide uninterrupted care. Yes, we are willing to accept suspected and confirmed COVID-19 positive patients. Employee Care Daily screening of all employees. Pre-visit scr...