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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.

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 …

 

Refocusing Perspective Amid COVID-19

Times are uncertain, and with that comes questions: How long will this last? Will I be able to be with my loved one when they take their last breath? Will I stay healthy? The list goes on, and sometimes, there are no answers. Many things are out of our control. Rather than focus on what …

 

How to Cope with Professional Caregiver Grief

by Heather Larson, LSW, CT As a professional caregiver, you may spend more time with the people you care for than your own family. Sometimes the people you care for can become like family to you or you may feel like family to them, especially if the person does not have family of their own. …

 

Mary Sluke sitting near a hot air balloon

Uplifting Experience: Hospice Patient Enjoys Hot Air Balloon Ride

On an early fall morning, Hospice of the Red River Valley Patient Mary Sluke was up with the birds, quite literally. She awoke with excitement in the air and prepared for the ride of a lifetime in a hot air balloon. Mary and her family set off from their West Fargo home through the backroads …