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.

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 …


5 Commonly Asked Questions About Hospice Care

5 Commonly Asked Questions about Hospice Care

The Medicare Hospice Benefit has existed for nearly 40 years, but the benefit is underutilized and frequently misunderstood. There continue to be many questions, and myths, about hospice care. Below are answers to some the most common questions to give you better understanding of what hospice care is and how it can benefit your family. …


Lynn and Judy

Don’t Wait to Find a Place of Refuge with Hospice Care

Special thanks to Judy Peterson for contributing her and her husband Lynn’s experience with Hospice of the Red River Valley. This post was published with permission from Judy. In Webster’s dictionary, the definition under ‘hospice’ states that it stands for hospitality, a place of refuge for a traveler. Now, I do not know the Hospice …


Laurie Meyer-Olson

Using Her Voice: Detroit Lakes Teacher Gains Gifts of Time, Joy on Hospice Care

A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Laurie Meyer-Olson is a teacher. Her mannerisms, eye contact and authoritative yet comforting voice commands attention in the way one would expect from someone who has spent a lifetime instructing others. It’s a voice whose carefully measured responses shaped the futures of …


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Gift Ideas for Hospice Patients

Special thanks to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, Marlton, NJ, for allowing Hospice of the Red River Valley to share the following article. When someone dear is terminally ill, you want to give them love and support. But you may also wish to give them something to show you care and enhance their comfort. And when it’s …


5 Signs Your Loved One is Ready for Hospice Care

5 Signs Your Loved One is Ready for Hospice

by Katie Martin, RN I’ve had the privilege of working in hospice care for five years, which means five years of helping families through the most difficult time in their lives. Some families have our help for months, some for weeks and others for just days or even hours. No matter how long they have …