Gaston Hospice is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive hospice provider in Gaston
County. Since 1981, our experienced staff and volunteers have dedicated
themselves to providing the most compassionate, exceptional and highly
reliable hospice care for your loved one. In addition to addressing physical
pain and symptoms, Gaston Hospice responds to the social, emotional and
spiritual needs of terminally ill persons, their caregivers and loved
ones as they define those needs. Gaston Hospice emphasizes quality of
life and considers the entire family in its program of care. Gaston Hospice
serves any resident of Gaston County and the surrounding area who has
been diagnosed with a life expectancy of six months or less and is no
longer seeking advanced treatment.
Who is Appropriate for Hospice Care?
Hospice care is appropriate for any person who no longer desires to seek
advanced treatment or has exhausted all curative treatment options and
is ready to focus on comfort. The patient’s physician must make
the determination and referral that a patient is appropriate for hospice care.
The decision to enroll in hospice is made by each patient in consultation
with a hospice team member, physician and family members. Early referral
is very important. It provides opportunity for a better end-of-life experience
for both the patient and their family.
Hospice patients are cared for where they live, whether that is their
family home or a facility. Our care team includes the patient’s
physician, nurse, certified 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. Services
are provided regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay.
Our services include:
- Pain and symptom management
- Assistance to help with resources for financial and legal issues from a
medical social worker
- Emotional and spiritual support from licensed counselors and chaplains
- Certified nursing assistants to help with personal care
- Volunteers to help provide companionship, run errands, etc.
- Respite care when family caregivers need a break
- Medications, equipment and supplies
- Grief support for loved ones
Hospice in the Nursing Home
Although home is the traditional setting to provide hospice services,
some people are unable to remain at home. Gaston Hospice has established
partnerships with most Gaston County nursing facilities and health care
centers to provide services. These services include pain and symptom management,
education and social, spiritual and psychological support for patients,
family members and staff who desire it.
Advance Care Planning
Gaston Hospice and Gaston Palliative Services offer assistance with living
wills and health care powers of attorney free of charge through our Advance
Directives Clinics. During these clinics, participants will learn about
and have the opportunity to complete a living will and health care power
of attorney. Advance Directives Clinics are held monthly on the first
Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and the third Thursday between
4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Attendance is limited to four individuals, and pre-registration is required.
Please call 704.861.8405 to make an appointment.
New Hope Counseling Center for Grief and Loss
The New Hope Counseling Center for Grief and Loss is a service available
to Gaston Hospice patients and family members. Our grief services include:
- A free assessment of needs and a plan for assistance
- Individual and family counseling
- Grief education in the form of classes, seminars and special events
- Referrals to community resources for needs outside our expertise
- Grief support groups
- Grief lending library
We are currently unable to accept community counseling clients or referrals
from schools; however, our grief counselors are happy to assist individuals
and schools in locating grief support resources in the community.
There are several opportunities for volunteering with Gaston Hospice.
Volunteers provide their time to sit with patients while family members
take a couple of hours of much needed respite care. Family support volunteers
receive twelve hours of comprehensive training per Medicare requirements
on topics as: hospice philosophy and concepts of care, physical, spiritual
and emotional aspects of death and dying and more. If you are interested
in volunteering with Gaston Hospice, click
here to view the application, or contact Julie Young at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Robin Johnson House
Patients may be placed at Robin Johnson for short-term care as an alternative
to hospitalization when their pain or symptoms require greater medical
supervision than can be provided at home or facility. Families may also
need extra support for their loved one for a few days of respite care.
RJH is not a long-term care facility.
The Robin Johnson Inpatient Facility is designed to be a place of comfort
and peace with a professional clinical staff on duty 24 hours a day. Visitors
are welcome and accommodations are available for a family member to spend
the night in a patient's room if they desire. Robin Johnson House
may be contacted at 704.922.4211.
Licensing and Accreditation
Gaston Hospice is licensed by the state of North Carolina, accredited
by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc., and a member of
the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Carolinas
Center for Hospice and End-of-Life Care.
For questions about Gaston Hospice, please contact our office at 704.861.8405.