Pathways Awarded $7,500 Grant to Help Terminally Ill Children and Their Families
Pathways today announced that it received a generous $7,500 grant from the Intero Foundation to support severely ill or dying children and their families. The Pathways KIDS program provides professional home visits, grief counseling and support, and training to families on providing care at home.
“This generous grant from the Intero Foundation will help many local families get the care and support they need,” said Pathways Foundation President Sandra Coolidge, RN, PHN. “Such support may come in the form of 24/7 on-call nursing, doctor visits, specialized care for chronic conditions, alternative treatments for pain, or bereavement services for children and adults who have lost a loved one.”
According to the Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 70% of families with terminally ill children would prefer to care for their kids at home during their child’s final days. Yet most dying children spend their final days in a hospital—often in an intensive care unit. The KIDS program trains parents and other family members how to provide needed care at home, and supports the entire family with grief support and counseling services.
“The Intero Foundation is proud to help organizations like Pathways,” said Real Estate Consultant and Intero Foundation Ambassador Kraig Constantino. “They’re making a significant difference in our community, helping families with needed care and services during what is undeniably a most tragic of circumstances—the loss of a child.”
Pathways services are made possible by more than 600 employees, 480 community volunteers, and the generosity and contributions of many donors. Donations made to Pathways Foundation help ensure that all community members can get much-needed bereavement support services, regardless of their health coverage.
Pathways, a Bay Area not-for-profit, has been a pioneer in home health, hospice, and palliative care since 1977. With offices in Sunnyvale, South San Francisco, and Oakland, Pathways serves more than 5,000 families annually in five Bay Area counties. Pathways cares for patients wherever they live—at home, in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living communities.
Affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital since 1986, Pathways is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Pathways was a 2015 recipient of the Pilot Pioneer Award by Aging2.0, a worldwide “start-up accelerator” with a mission to fast-track innovations for improving the lives of older people, at their Global Innovation Summit. Pathways has been a HomeCare Elite top home health agencies award winner for the past four years.
For more information about Pathways, or to donate, call 888-755-7855 or visit www.pathwayshealth.org.
About the Intero Foundation
The non-profit Intero Foundation was founded in 2002 by Intero Real Estate Services. The founders set out to create a company that was different. That difference would be based on values. One of those values is Commitment. The Intero Foundation is their vehicle for expressing a meaningful and sustained commitment to our community.
To date, the Intero Foundation has lent its support to over 130 local charities – organizations that range in size and mission, but all work to help the growth and well-being of children by enhancing their education and personal development. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $3 million to benefit children living in the communities it serves.
The Intero Foundation is funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents – each of whom are vested in the health of the communities in which they work and live. A Board of Directors, led by some Intero’s top executives, provide strategic guidance. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission.