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Reba & Milford Quinn Hospice Care Center

The Need

Serving all of Duplin and parts of six contiguous counties in eastern North Carolina, Carolina East Home Care & Hospice has had a tremendous impact on thousands of lives since its founding in 1984. However, as the population in this area has increased and aged, our staff has found it increasingly difficult, and often times impossible, to assist hospice clients and their families in securing inpatient care. While many hospice clients choose to live their final days at home, some cannot because of medical or caregiver issues, and others do not want to die at home because of physical, social or emotional issues.

Until 2009 there was not a facility providing dedicated inpatient or residential hospice care in Duplin County. To date, individuals needing inpatient hospice care have been referred to one of the two closest hospice facilities - in Goldsboro and Wilmington - or have been admitted to a skilled nursing bed at Duplin General Hospital

Non of these alternatives, however, meet the basic tenets of the hospice philosophy, namely, to allow individuals to die in a home-like environment close to, and surrounded by family and friends.

The Solution:

The new Reba and Milford Quinn Hospice Care Center, located on the Hwy 903 bypass. This new state of the art beautiful center includes six beds: three inpatient beds for those individuals whose primary caregiver is not physically able to provide needed care, as well as for clients who have significant medical issues: three residential beds for those patients who either do not have a home environment conducive to their care and/or do not have a family caregiver.

Each room is private, and is designed and decorated to create a home-like atmosphere. There is a separate entrance leading to a private patio outside, with doors large enough to accommodate moving the hospital bed outside.

In addition, there is a lovely a family room, dining/living room combination , snack area, chapel and nurses' station. There is also a large covered patio with tables and chairs, so families may eat and visit outside. We have a beautiful gazebo for quiet time and a play area with swings and slides for children. Meals are provided by Duplin General Hospital so a dietician may plan each patient's menu.