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Pathway Home’s mission is to provide a home-like environment for terminally ill persons in need of twenty-four-hour care. Our goal is to provide our guests and their families with quality care and emotional support.
Care is provided free of charge. Funding for daily operating expenses will be dependent on donations and grants.
A Brief History
In 2009 a group of individuals came together to discuss the need for a comfort care home in Seneca County. Several of the members of this group were Seneca County residents who worked for the local hospice program and had seen the need for this service first hand. Pathway Home was developed based on other comfort care home models currently operating in the Finger Lakes.
In October, 2015 a home was purchased in the town of Tyre on State Route 414. Once needed minor renovations are complete and the establishment of a fund for the first year operating expenses we will be ready to begin training volunteers and paid staff with the anticipation of an opening date in the near future.
What is a Comfort Care Home?
Comfort Care Homes all work on the same model – caring for two people at a time with the help of trained volunteers and nurses; providing care at no cost to patient or family. A Hospice or Certified nursing agency supports the care with nursing, social work, and chaplain visits. Each Home for the Dying acts independently, choosing from the list of referred patients based on their own assessment of who has the greatest need of their help. When a home is interested in offering a bed to a prospective guest, the nurse of the house will come out to interview the person, bringing pictures of the house to help the person understand what the house is like. Tours of the home will also be available for prospective guests and their families
What is the difference between Hospice and Pathway Home?
Hospice is a certified home health agency that implements the hospice philosophy. The certified Hospice receives insurance reimbursement, where Pathway Home is not a certified agency, and does not receive insurance reimbursement. We are a Home, where the nurses, staff and volunteers are considered the guest’s “extended family,” and provide 24-hour care, seven days a week, free of charge. Pathway Home relies totally on the community for support. Our only income comes in the forms of memorials, donations, fundraising revenues, and grants.
Admission to Pathway Home
Admission to Pathway Home is based solely on need, regardless of religion, age, sex or race. The prospective resident must desire comfort care, have a medical prognosis of three months or less. Pathway Home is unable to accept every person who is referred and can only care for up to two dying residents at one time. Each case is evaluated carefully by the nurses and priority is given to those people who have the greatest need at the time; i.e., those who are at home with limited adequate care giving support. Other considerations involve the complexity of nursing care that some people may require.
Pathway Home is not a hospital or nursing home. We do not use IV fluids or feeding tubes and each resident must have a signed DNR (do not resuscitate). It is not uncommon to have multiple people waiting for the next available bed. When a bed is available, our Nursing team evaluates all who are waiting, and choose the one who has the greatest need; not who is next on the list for admission.
How are referrals to Pathway Home received?
Referrals are welcomed from area hospitals, physicians, social workers, case managers, discharge planners, clergy, friends and family members, neighbors and certified home health agencies such as Lifetime Care Homecare and Hospice or Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Ontario- Yates Hospice.
What if my loved one who is residing at Pathway Home lives beyond three months?
At times there may be remission of a person’s disease, and it may be necessary to be discharged from Pathway Home to an alternative placement: such as home, or they moved in with a family member, or to a Nursing home. It’s amazing to see, and such a blessing, that with some conditions, proper symptom control management, socialization and tender loving care, people do go into remission and live longer than what was expected. The nurses at Pathway Home will work closely with the certified home health agency and family to determine the best alternative placement for our guest. Guests may return to Pathway Home and die peacefully when that time is appropriate and a bed is available.
How are we funded?
Pathway Home is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, which offers its services at no cost to the resident. Pathway does not receive any medical insurance or governmental reimbursement. All financial support comes from memorials, donations, fund-raising events, grants and bequests.
How will the home be staffed?
Pathway Home will be staffed with a full time Executive Director, a full time Nursing Care Coordinator and overnight home health aides. Patients will be enrolled in Hospice to provide additional support such as Hospice nurses to consult with for symptom management, social workers and pastoral care. A great deal of the hands on care will be provided by trained volunteers.