Hospice & Palliative Care
Dealing with a serious life-threatening illness can be overwhelming and difficult to handle for patients and loved ones. At Gaston Hospice, we help those with little time left confront their limitations and enhance their quality of life. Hospice patients are cared for where they live, whether that happens to be their family home, a long-term care facility or Gaston Hospice’s own 12-bed inpatient facility, the Robin Johnson House.
The hospice care team includes the patient’s physician, nurse, nursing assistant, medical social worker, chaplain and volunteer. Gaston Hospice emphasizes preserving quality of life and considers the entire family in its program of care. We believe that patients should live each day to the fullest, that no one should be lonely or in pain, that patients and their families should be prepared for death as much as possible, and that dying is a natural process of life.
The care we provide enhances our patients’ comfort by relieving painful or distressing symptoms. Treatment plans are based on our team’s assessment of the patients’ symptoms and personal values.
- Pain management
- Shortness of breath relief
- Excessive fatigue relief
- Better understanding of your condition & care options
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Financial and legal support
The New Hope Counseling Center staff are qualified grief counselors with masters level education and experience in both clinical and pastoral counseling. It is the counselor’s role to support people and offer guidance as they cope with their feelings of grief in ways that are healthy and healing.
Whether you are facing a life-threatening illness, have a friend or relative with a life-threatening illness, or have already lost a loved one, Counseling Center services are available to anyone in the community – regardless of whether a Gaston Hospice patient or not.
- Initial needs assessment
- Individual and family counseling
- Weekly support group meetings
- Special needs support group meetings
- Grief education services
- Community resource referrals
- Butterflies (program for grieving children)