Kids Path is a unique program for children and families. A wide range of medical services for children with serious and life-threatening conditions is provided, as well as counseling support to children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
Any child ages 0-18 in our area with a life-threatening condition is eligible for Kids Path. Kids Path services are available beginning with diagnosis. Helping parents or guardians navigate the health care system is an important part of the Kids Path program.
Services for Children with Medical Needs
Kids Path team members may include a registered nurse, social worker, counselor, nursing assistant, physical therapist, chaplain, or other discipline as ordered to meet specific treatment goals. A physician’s order is required for home care services.
The Kids Path team provides the following levels of care:
- Health Care Support: Nursing visits, counseling, art therapy, social work services and advocacy for the child and family
- Home Health: Routine nursing visits, social work and counseling services, and other therapies as ordered by the physician
- Hospice: For children with a life expectancy of months rather than years. Nursing visits, social work, counseling, volunteer services and on-call visit availability.
- Perinatal Services: The Kids Path team can provide support to parents and siblings from the time an unborn baby is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition through the child’s birth, planning for the child coming home, and for the child’s care at home.
Services for children experiencing the loss of a loved one:
Finding Yourself on the Path – Counseling services are open to children and teens in our area who have a family member living with a serious or life-threatening condition, or to those who have experienced the death of someone close. All counseling services are provided at no charge and are available to anyone in the community, whether or not their loved one has received hospice care.
Support groups – Staff is available to implement or co-facilitate bereavement groups in schools.
Special events – Workshops and special events focus on issues such as coping with the holidays and using creative expression to facilitate healing. Our annual camp for bereaved children, Camp Pathfinder, is in summer each year.
Kids Path also offers educational training and consultation to community groups wishing to learn more about children coping with illness, grief and loss as well as to community professionals working with children.
Calendar of Events 2015-16 (Note Events calendar by date for details)
Teen Retreat – October 1, 2015, Thursday, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Peace Together – Thursdays, Oct. 10 – Nov 12, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Holiday Workshop – November 14, 2015, Saturday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Children’s Service of Remembrance – December 13, 2015, Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Teen Retreat – February 18, 2016, Thursday, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Staying Connected – April 30, 2016, Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Camp Pathfinder – Summer 2016 (Time to be determined) – Bereavement camp for children ages 6 – 13 years old held on the Elon University campus. Call Patti Gasparello for more information at 336-532-0123.
Kids Path services are provided in our primary service area of Alamance, Caswell, eastern Guilford and western Orange counties. Kids Path services for children in other areas may be accessed at www.kidspath.com. Kids Path is a licensed provider of Kids Path, which was founded in Greensboro, NC.