Hospice & Home Care of Alexander County, Inc., is a non-profit hospice, specializing in easing the physical, emotional, and spiritual discomforts that each patient and their family face as the end of life nears. We have been serving Alexander County citizens since 1985 and we are committed to helping both patients and their families live life to its fullest with optimal comfort and support. We have a medical director, nurses, social worker, aides, a chaplain and volunteers to help care for the needs of patients and their families. Our team works together to come up with the best plan of care for each individual patient. Please call our office for more information.
with a heart for community...
Hospice & Home Care of Alexander County, Inc. provides bereavement services to anyone in Alexander County grieving the loss of someone close, whether that person was a Hospice patient or not. These services are available for adults, teens and children, and are offered free of charge.
Here For You
Living with a progressive illness...whether it is your own or that of someone you are caring for...can seem overwhelming. There are so many changes taking place. So many medical care options and resources to consider. So many community services available to you that you may not even realize.
PALLIATIVE CARE (COMING SOON)
Palliative, what's different
Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness.
Hospice care is most often offered only when the person is expected to live 6 months or less.
RUN TO REMEMBER
November 23, 2019
The 1st Annual Run to Remember 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Matheson Park in Taylorsville, North Carolina. In addition to the 5K Run/Walk, a Memorial Walk will be held in the park. Participants in the Memorial Walk will be asked to donate to Hospice of Alexander County. This event is sponsored by Hospice of Alexander County. For more information, contact our office at 828-632-5026.
PLATINUM LEVEL: Russell Well Drilling
GOLD LEVEL: Taylorsville Savings Bank
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IF MY DOCTOR RECOMMENDS HOSPICE CARE OR SERVICES, WILL I AUTOMATICALLY BE REFERRED TO MY LOCAL HOSPICE?
No, not necessarily. Your doctor may recommend a hospice organization from the county in which they practice. If you are not offered the option of your home county hospice, you should ask to be referred to Hospice & Home Care of Alexander County, Inc. This will ensure that you or your loved one receives the best quality...and quantity...of care.
HOW DOES HOSPICE MANAGE PAIN?
Pain management is a priority for Hospice nurses. They are up-to-date on the latest medications and devices for pain and symptom relief. The nurses stay in close contact with your physician to assure that you are receiving the most effective medication for your pain.
CAN HOSPICE CARE BE DELIVERED IN PLACES OTHER THAN THE PATIENT'S HOME?
Yes. In addition to an inpatient hospice facility, hospice staff can provide care to patients in contracted hospitals, a nursing home, rest home or assisted living facility.
IF I DO NOT HAVE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, OR ANY OTHER HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, WILL HOSPICE STILL PROVIDE CARE?
Yes. Hospice & Home Care of Alexander County, Inc. provides care regardless of ability to pay. Donations are a primary source of funding hospice care for those who cannot pay.
NEWS & UPDATES
HOSPICE OF ALEXANDER NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
August 23, 2019
Jamison Presnell, RN CHPN, has been named the new Executive Director of Hospice of Alexander County, the county’s only local non-profit hospice provider. Presnell replaces the organization’s former executive, Tonya Roland, who held the position for 11 years.
Mrs. Presnell has been an advocate for the hospice philosophy for many years, having held the position of Patient Care Coordinator for ten years. She is passionate about continuing to deliver optimal comfort and support to the terminally ill and their families in our community. She knows first-hand the needs that go into building a relationship with patients and their families as the end of life nears; she also understands the hospice structure and the vision needed to keep up with the ever changing demands of healthcare.
Presnell is a native of Iredell County, but has lived in Alexander County for over 18 years. A resident of the Sugar Loaf community, she lives with her husband, Jon Presnell, and their three children.
Commenting on her new role, Presnell stated, “I am humbled at the confidence the board of directors and staff have placed in me. Hospice has been a passion of mine since the passing of my grandfather in 2008. Since then I have gained perspective both as a hospice nurse and a family member as I helped two more grandparents through Alexander Hospice. I am excited to take on this new role which allows me to serve and care for the community I’ve grown to love."
Rev. Paul Schronce, Hospice Board President, says, “Hospice of Alexander is proud to announce Jamison Presnell as the new Executive Director. The Board of Directors looks forward to her vision and leadership. She has a true heart for Hospice of Alexander.”
The Board of Directors would also like to express appreciation to Nan Campbell for filling in as Interim Director during the transition. Mrs. Campbell once held the position of Executive Director and has continued to have a close relationship with the organization.
The former Director, Tonya Roland, has accepted a position near her home in Wilkesboro. She held the positon of Executive Director for over 11 years, having worked for Hospice of Alexander for nearly 20 years. “God has truly blessed Alexander Hospice”, stated Roland, “leaving is bittersweet, but I look forward to working closer to home and getting back into patient care. I wish nothing but the best for Alexander Hospice!” Tonya will be greatly missed by the Hospice staff and Board of Directors, as well as the community. Board President, Paul Schronce, stated, “Hospice of Alexander is so appreciative of the years Tonya served as Director. We wish her the very best in her new endeavors.”
As a recipient of the 2019 Hospice Honors Elite Status, Hospice of Alexander is committed to serving the citizens of Alexander County. Quality end of life care services are available to you in Alexander County, specializing in easing the physical, emotional, and spiritual discomforts each patient and their family face as the end of life nears.
Hospice of Alexander is so appreciative of the support received from the citizens of Alexander County and will continue to provide the highest quality of care. We are YOUR hometown hospice. For more information about our services or to schedule an informative speaker for any local church or civic organization, please call our office at 828.632.5026.
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SOCIAL WORKER PRN
October 29, 2019
Description: Provides professional social work services to Hospice patients, family members and/or significant others by assisting them with the psychosocial aspects of illness, disability, death, and bereavement. Maintains frequent contact with patient/families, Interdisciplinary Team, other Hospice staff, Hospice volunteers, community resource agencies, and the general public.
Coordinates and schedules bereavement activities for bereaved families of hospice patients and other citizens in need of grief and bereavement services. Provide the continuity of care from the active patient care into and through the bereavement follow-up process.
Has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; or
Has a baccalaureate degree in social work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; or a baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology, or other field related to social work with one year of social work experience in a health care setting and is supervised by an MSW per policy.
Experience Preferred: Social Work Experience in a Hospice or End-of-Life setting.
Application Process: Submit resume to Hospice and Home Care at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or by fax to 828.632.3707. Only qualified applicants will be selected for interviews.
LIGHT OF LOVE SERVICE
NOVEMBER 17, 2019
On November 17th at 3pm, we will celebrate the lives of patients who were served by Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, Inc. from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. Each family will have the opportunity to light a candle in memory of their loved one. We, at Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, Inc., hope this will be a special way to remember your loved one.
This will be the 34th Light of Love Campaign. We will take donations to light up our Light of Love Tree. A $1 donation is made for a light on the tree in honor or memory of someone. A $100 donation is made for a star point in memory or honor of someone.
All proceeds go to benefit Alexander Hospice patients. We serve Alexander County citizens regardless of their ability to pay.
For more information on Light of Love, please call our office at 828-632-5026
We Appreciate Our Community Supporters
Hospice & Home Care of Alexander County, Inc. would like to offer special thanks to our community supporters:
Market Basket raised $1000 in a golf tournament to benefit Hospice of Alexander County!
Adams Funeral Home held a Carriage Ride Fundraiser and raised $500!
Alexander Funderal Service made a generous donation of $350.