Volunteer

Gaston Hospice and Grief Counseling Services

Volunteer Opportunites

Volunteers are an important part of our hospice team. While Gaston Hospice offers a total system of care provided by physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, counselors, chaplains and other professionals, we recognize that belonging to an extended, caring community is vital to the well-being of our patients and their families. This takes individuals with many talents and time to share of themselves coming together as volunteers.  There are several opportunities for  volunteering with Gaston Hospice. Our volunteers share their gift of music; others flower arranging, hair styling, pet therapy, office work and always the gift of time. Volunteers provide their time to sit with patients while family members take a couple of hours of much needed respite care.

All volunteers, must attend a minimum 12 hour volunteer training class. Each volunteer receives extensive training from our hospice staff that equips them to work closely with you and your family during your time with Gaston Hospice. Bereavement volunteers receive additional training after completing the initial training class.

Volunteer training is offered throughout the year. To apply for the training, click the Application button at the top left on this page.

Individuals must complete the following requirements in order to be a Gaston Hospice volunteer:

~Application and interview process

~Reference and background check

~Annual TB test

~8-12 hours of continuing education hours for office and family support volunteers every year

~Volunteers receive comprehensive training on such topics as: hospice philosophy and concepts of care, physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of terminal illness, symptom management, family dynamics and coping, emergency procedures, safety issues, confidentiality and patient rights, procedure for death occurring in the home, grief and bereavement, documentation and recordkeeping, universal precautions.

~Volunteers are asked to commit to four hours weekly for a one year commitment after the completion of  training.

Attendance every day is mandatory per Medicare policy. Please submit an application on our website under the volunteer page.  Volunteers are encouraged to wait a year after the death of a loved one before becoming a Gaston Hospice Volunteer, to allow time for the processing of their own grief. 

Questions? Contact Julie Young, Volunteer Coordinator at julie.young@caromonthealth.org .

Family Support Volunteers

Family Support Volunteers may run errands for their patient, help prepare a light lunch, provide respite care for the care giver or most often simply provide companionship to the patient. Hours are flexible and may be be worked out by the volunteer and family involved.

Office Volunteers

work with Gaston Hospice staff completing tasks such as filing, answering the phone, bulk mail preparation, data entry, shredding, telephone calls and more.

Professional Volunteers

are people who are willing to share their talents with patients in need on an individual basis. Some examples may be a carpenter who is willing to build a wheelchair ramp for a patient or a hairdresser who will visit a patient in their home.

Special Events Volunteers

offer their own unique services for special events such as fundraising or community awareness events like health fairs.

Bereavement Volunteers

contact hospice families after the patient's death. Bereavement volunteers must complete family support training as well as additional bereavement training.

Volunteer Classifieds

Prayer Shawls
The advent of cooler weather brings to mind the need for prayer shawls to be given to Gaston Hospice patients. A prayer shawl is a shawl that is knitted or crocheted by volunteers with prayers woven into the shawl specifically for the recipient.  Gaston Hospice has been fortunate to have many volunteers contribute to our prayer shawl ministry since 2003. But our ever-increasing census always welcomes new volunteers and much needed yarn for these volunteers.

Julie Young, volunteer coordinator, keeps the pattern for the shawls available if you would need it. If you would like to be part of this effort, or donate yarn, please contact Julie at julie.young@caromonthealth.org .

Bereavement Volunteers
Volunteers provide phone calls to families from the Gaston Hospice office for approximately two hours per week. Study materials and training provided.

Veteran Volunteers 
Gaston Hospice participates in the We Honor Vets program initiated by the National Hosopice and Palliative Care Organization.  As part of this program, we make an effort to identify patients who are veterans and honor them for their service to our country.  Military veterans are needed to visit with veteran patients. Time required varies depending on the need of the patient, but would probably be no more than one hour per week.

Tuck-In Volunteers
Volunteers make phone calls from our office to newly admitted hospice patients. This requires no additional training. Approximate time required would be one or two hours per week.

Office Volunteers 
Volunteers help to staple, fold and affix mailing labels to monthly bereavement newsletter and to do other similar types of office work. Time required will vary, but should be no more than two hours per month.

The Sweetest Volunteers and Cake Baking Team
Currently we have two groups that provide us with specially baked goods for our patients and families. Call the office for more information.

Anyone interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please call the Gaston Hospice office and speak with Julie Young, volunteer coordinator.

Want More information?

To find out more about volunteering or about donating to Gaston Hospice, stop by our office or call us at (704) 861-8405. Fax: 704.865.0590

The office hours for Gaston Hospice are 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There is a nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for our patients.

 

Gaston Hospice Services

Gaston Hospice is a local, non-profit healthcare organization that cares for people who have a life-limiting illness that is no longer responding to curative treatment. Hospice care enables these patients to live at home as fully as possible. Hospice puts both patient and family at the center of care planning.

Our Services Include:

- Pain and symptom management
- Assistance with 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

We Provide Our Services:

- In the home
- In the Robin Johnson House
- In the long term care facility
- In the hospital

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. Services are provided regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay.

More Information

To find out more about about Gaston Hospice, stop by our office (directions), contact us online, or by phone at: 704.861-8405

Mailing address:
Gaston Hospice
PO Box 3984
Gastonia NC 28054
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