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Hospice of the Red River Valley is a non-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.

What is Estate Planning, Why Does it Matter?

by Stephen P. Astrup, JD Estate planning helps you manage and document many important decisions to ensure they are carried out after your death, including wishes for your finances, health care and property. It may seem daunting, but it’s a worthwhile process that can make life easier for you and your loved ones. Research suggests …

 

Celebrating Holidays When Your Loved One is Ill

by Heather Larson, LSW, CT Holidays are typically a joyful time filled with celebrations, gatherings and merriment, but it can be a stressful and emotional time when a family member or someone close to you is dealing with an illness. My family and I were in this situation in 2017 when my beloved grandpa was …

 

Respite Care: What is it & Why Should Families Use it?

by Renda Brooks, LPN Caregiving is a labor of love, a commitment that’s often 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—nights and weekends included. The responsibilities and constant demands of care, especially when caring for someone who is facing end of life, can take a toll on even the best and strongest caregivers. We …

 

Lindsey Lutzwick

Bismarck Native Excited to Serve Patients as Hospice Nurse Practitioner

A hospice nurse practitioner is a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. With graduate and/or doctoral-level education, as well as clinical training in family medicine, they are qualified to diagnose and treat complex health conditions. Nurse practitioners bring additional knowledge and expert symptom management that align with a person’s individual …

 

Eric Lutzwick

Nurse Practitioner Eager to Provide Hospice Services to Bismarck/Mandan communities

A hospice nurse practitioner is a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. With graduate and/or doctoral-level education, as well as clinical training in family medicine, they are qualified to diagnose and treat complex health conditions. For our hospice patients and their families, nurse practitioners bring additional knowledge and expert symptom …

 

Lois Ness

Personalized Care Calls CNA to Hospice

Hospice of the Red River Valley certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work with patients to provide personalized care tailored to each person’s preferences. Hospice CNAs help patients with personal care needs, including assistance with bathing, shaving, nail care and eating. They also provide light housekeeping services for individuals under our care. But perhaps the most important …