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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.

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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 …

 

Cindy and Dick Beckett

Hawley resident finds normalcy, friendship on hospice care

Richard “Dick” Beckett was miserable and just wanted to be done taking so many pills. Heart disease and the side effects of his medication had eroded his quality of life. Chronic pain and fluid build-up made him so uncomfortable that his family feared he was at the end of his life. He planned to stop …

 

Hospice Chaplains Provide Spiritual Comfort to Patients at the End of Life

Spiritual care can be vital to the well-being of a person. Studies show spiritual care is associated with better quality of life for patients who are near death. As part of the hospice interdisciplinary team, Hospice of the Red River Valley’s chaplains provide spiritual comfort at the end of life, if desired by the patient …

 

Brenda and her mom

The Blessing of Care: Why I Chose Hospice Care

Dear friends, My mother received hospice care, and when I reflect on what they did for our family, I am inspired to share our story. My beautiful mom, Corky, had dementia and other medical complications. Since my father’s passing eight years ago, my brother and I had the privilege of caring for her. Mom’s health took …

 

A Caregiver Checklist: 5 Things to Prepare When Caring for a Loved One at Home

As Rosalyn Carter noted, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need a caregiver.” Understanding that caregiving is a universal experience means that we don’t have to view it as uncharted territory. We …