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Pathways Home Health

“‘I never thought I would need home health care.’ I’m sure you hear this all the time from your patients and it is true of me as well. When I contracted a bacterial infection requiring eight weeks of IV treatment, I had no idea the steps involved. How lucky for me [to have] selected Pathways to be my provider.

"And how doubly fortunate [in my nurse]. She was a true lifeline as a teacher, as well as a nurse. Patient and understanding, she provided a superb level of professionalism, efficiency and personal care. You are lucky to have her representing Pathways to your patients. Thank you… for offering invaluable services and support to so many people throughout the Bay Area.” - Susan L. Fisher

Home Health Patient and CaregiverWhat is Provided?

Pathways provides professional skilled services at home, as ordered and directed by the patient’s doctor. We provide hands-on care, and teach the patient and caregivers what they need to know about how to manage care at home. A nurse is available 24 hours a day for telephone consultation or visits if needed.

  • Nurses visit to assess, do hands-on care, and teach about disease and medication management, and pain and symptom control. Specialties include IV therapy, diabetic education, and wound and ostomy management.
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Speech Pathologists develop coordinated rehabilitation plans based on your personal goals to promote mobility and daily activities, often for people who have had a stroke, fracture, joint replacement, or trauma.
  • Social Workers provide short-term counseling, financial and resource planning, and assist with making long-term care arrangements, as needed.
  • Home Health Aides provide friendly assistance with personal care such as bathing, dressing, and changing the bed linens.
  • Volunteers are trained, caring people who give their time providing companionship to patients, as well as caregiver relief, and practical assistance.
  • Nutritionists consult with the team to evaluate your diet and teach you to plan meals to reach your health goals.

Typical Patients

Those recovering from illness or surgery, managing a chronic disease, or coping with a life-threatening condition who are confined to home for the most part, are typical users of home care services

Visit Frequency

The frequency of visits is based on the doctor’s order and the patient’s needs, and may vary from monthly to daily, but most commonly are one to two times a week. Visits are usually an hour or less.

Insurance Coverage

Medicare, Medi-Cal and many insurance policies cover home health care visits provided by a licensed agency like Pathways, when ordered by your physician. We will work with your insurance provider to review your benefits.

Transition Care & Chronic Disease Support

Homebound patients that are learning to manage their care at home can benefit from the support and education of Home Health care services from Pathways. Our care teams are specially trained to support patients during that vulnerable period between an acute episode and independence. With our coaching and medication management, patients transition from being cared for to caring for themselves.

Specialty programs include heart failure; telemonitoring; and several innovative transition programs that utilize nurses, physicians, and pharmacists to help manage care at home after a hospitalization.

Arranging Home Health Care

If hospitalized, talk with your doctor or hospital case manager about home health care and ask for Pathways as your home health provider. We will work closely with them to provide a smooth transition from hospital to your home. If you are not in the hospital, but are mostly confined to home, you can talk with your doctor or with our admissions staff. We will work with your doctor to develop a plan for your home health care.

Home Health Informational Downloads

Contact our Intake Department if you have any questions or for more information about starting home health care services by calling 1.888.755.7855 or 408.730.5900.