Pathways Hospice‘s goal is to ensure that appropriate nutritional care and consultation if provided to hospice patients and families/caregivers. Terminally ill patients may experience a variety of nutritional problems that will require a nutritional assessment, intervention, or counseling. Families/caregivers may have questions or concerns about patients’ nutritional intake as it relates to the physiological changes in the dying process.
To assist hospice personnel in determining effective ways of managing the nutritional needs of hospice patients, a registered dietician will be available for consultations, in-service training and patient/family care. The dietician may provide consultation over the phone, by mail or on a home visit.
Pathways Hospice will make arrangements for non-emergency medical transportation services via ambulance or wheelchair van when the patient’s medical and physical condition is such that transport by means of public or private conveyance is medically contraindicated and transportation if required for the purpose of admission to a facility for respite or acute care or for re-evaluation by the attending physician. The Case Manager will consult with the Clinical Director/Supervisor or the Medical Director to obtain authorization when appropriate.