Gaston Hospice

Gaston Hospice

704.861.8405

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.

Services
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.

Volunteer
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 julie.young@caromonthealth.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.