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Hospice of the Red River Valley is a not-for-profit hospice that provides intensive comfort care to enhance quality of life for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. Our site shares patient, caregiver and volunteer stories—demonstrating how hospice allows people to live well, and tools and resources about end-of-life and grief.

5 Self-care Tips to be an Effective Caregiver

by Jenna Miosek, RN An American author and public speaker Jim Rohn once wrote, “One person caring for another represents life’s greatest value.” This value is instilled within many individuals who are responsible for caring for a loved one with a terminal diagnosis. For many, it may feel like a privilege and a reward to …

 

Paul Fellbaum

Lidgerwood Community Celebrates Hospice Patient’s Passion for Photography

Paul Fellbaum spent his childhood years on the family’s New Effington, S.D., farm, surrounded by nature—a landscape in which he found much inspiration. At age eight, Paul’s Aunt Sharon gave him a camera for Christmas, setting in motion his lifelong passion for photography. “That summer, my baby brother was born, and I took all of …

 

Starting Hospice Sooner

Benefits to Starting Hospice Care Sooner Rather than Later

by Kelly Haneca, RN, BSN, CHPN Hospice is a concept of care that focuses on quality of life for those with a life expectancy of six months or less if an illness runs its normal course. Many people are surprised to learn hospice is available for weeks and months of care. Even though this benefit …

 

Lisa Stroschein

Hospice Social Workers: A Purpose & Commitment to Serve Those in Need

Hospice of the Red River Valley social workers specialize in helping patients and families navigate the end-of-life journey through emotional support, planning and problem solving. Assistance comes in a variety of different ways, including educating a patient’s family members so they can feel confident in their roles as caregivers and identifying additional community resources to …

 

Gail Sunny Prudhomme

Longtime Volunteer Pays It Forward

Gail “Sunny” Prudhomme’s passion for volunteering was in part sparked by her father’s experience with Hospice of the Red River Valley. She was working fulltime helping two kids through college when she realized her dad could no longer live alone in his Crookston, Minn., home. She invited him into her Fargo home to better take …

 

6 things you can expect from hospice care

6 Things You Can Expect from Hospice Care, in the First Week and Beyond

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv For many individuals who live with a terminal illness, it is a welcome relief to choose to forgo aggressive treatments, and instead, focus on quality of life. Everyone deserves to have the best quality of life possible and be treated with dignity, especially during the last months of life. Although …