The Pathways Program is a community program sponsored by Peterson Regional Medical Center and is designed to help individuals and families cope with serious illness.  The Pathways Program offers a volunteer for weekly visits to help a person who is isolated and needs companionship adding an extra watchful eye.

Dealing with a serious illness can be overwhelming, confusing, frustrating and frightening.  Maintaining independence while learning to rely on others can be a challenge.

Participation in this program is voluntary and anyone can refer.  A phone call to Pathways is all that is needed to get started.  We can answer questions and help determine whether Pathways is appropriate.

What services are provided?

The Pathway Program offers connection to community resources, companionship and emotional support, practical help with errands, and respite for a "little time off" for caregivers.

After assessing a client's needs, the Volunteer Manager connects clients with a volunteer for ongoing support. The Volunteer Manager continues to monitor each client's changing needs and offer referrals to appropriate resources.

What is the cost for Pathways?

The Pathways Program is offered at no charge, as a community program, by Peterson Regional Medical Center.  Donations to Pathways are gratefully accepted and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Where are Pathway services provided?

Pathway services are available in a client's home, wherever that may be. (Personal home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living)

Who is eligible for the Pathways Program?

Anyone who has a serious illness can use Pathways services, regardless of whether or not they are receiving treatment for an illness.

Call the Volunteer Manager for help if someone you know is dealing with a serious illness and:

  • Is feeling isolated and lonely
  • Needs help finding community services in order to maintain independence
  • Can use support for a caregiver in need of a break

Who can refer to Pathways?

Anyone can refer to Pathways--the client themselves, doctors, social workers, facilities, family members or friends.  The Volunteer Manager will notify the client's primary physician, as a courtesy, that Pathways is being utilized.  The client, or a person able to speak on his or her behalf, must ultimately choose Pathways.

What role does the volunteer play?

The Pathways Program is solely staffed by volunteers, enabling Pathways to be at no charge for the clients.  A team of generous volunteers contribute a rich variety of skills and backgrounds, allowing Pathways to offer the clients a wide range of possibilities for support.

How do Pathways and Peterson Hospice services differ?

A Pathways client may still be pursuing curative treatment.  The Pathways Program offers support, but no direct medical care, nor does it cover any expenses related to the illness.  In contrast, hospice patients meet Medicare disease state guidelines and are no longer receiving active curative treatments. Hospice provides regular medical care by a clinical team as well as medications related to the diagnosis, equipment, and supplies.  Costs for Pathways are covered by the support of Peterson Regional Medical Center and generous donations, while costs for hospice are usually paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

If you would like to talk to the Volunteer Manager, please call 830-258-7401 or

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