Building a Community of Caring
Gaston Hospice recognizes that quality care extends well beyond providing
basic hospice services. In keeping with our mission of building a community
of caring, we have developed, in conjunction with local agencies, several
Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on improving the quality
of life for people living with serious illness, regardless of their age
or prognosis. Palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms such as pain,
shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite,
agitation and difficulty sleeping. It helps the patient gain strength
to carry on with activities of daily life. Although hospice care and palliative
care have similar goals, i.e. pain and symptom management, they differ
because palliative care is not necessarily end-of-life care. Hospice care
is focused on providing quality care to people in the last months of life
when they can no longer benefit from treatments meant to cure their illness.
Palliative care can be provided from the time of diagnosis and is not
mutually exclusive from curative treatments like chemotherapy, radiation
therapy and dialysis. In fact, palliative care often improves the ability
to tolerate the side effects of curative medical treatments. Both hospice
and palliative care are provided by a team of experts, including palliative
care doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists and therapists.
For additional information about the Gaston Hospice Palliative care program,
contact Mitzi Redmond, NP-C, at 704.865.5838.
Hospice in the Nursing Home
Although home is the traditional and preferred setting to provide hospice
services, some people are unable to remain at home. Gaston Hospice has
established partnerships with most Gaston County nursing facilities/health
care centers to provide services. These services include pain and symptom
management; education for patient, family and facility staff; social,
spiritual and psychological support for residents, family members and
facility staff who desire it.
Advance Care Planning
- Take advantage of our assistance with living wills and health care powers
of attorney, no charge. Advance Directives Clinics are offered free to
the public the first and third Thursday of every month. On the first Thursday,
drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. On the third Thursday, drop in
between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.