November is National Hospice Month: Letter to the Editor

National Hospice Month_2014A common misconception of hospice care is people on hospice are lying in a bed, waiting to die. Even 40 years after the hospice movement began in the United States, many still equate hospice with “giving up.” Hospice care serves as a valid health care option for end-of-life. By learning more about the true benefits of hospice, families can make better informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones—before a health care emergency.

Recently one of our patients shared, “I still have a lot of living to do. My terminal diagnosis won’t stop me from enjoying the life I have left.” Imagine if more people had his incredible mindset.

November is National Hospice Month—a time to learn about hospice care, and celebrate this end-of-life care option.

When patients are admitted into hospice care at an appropriate time, their quality of life can actually improve. Hospice is team-oriented, specialized care for people facing life-limiting illnesses. It includes expert medical care, pain management, spiritual and emotional support for patients and their families. More simply, hospice care supports living one’s life to the fullest and with dignity, regardless of how much time remains. Choosing hospice can give patients the care they need, while also providing them with moments of joy, peace and comfort.

We continuously hear from our patients and their loved ones, “I had no idea hospice did so much … I wish we would have known about hospice sooner … We couldn’t do this without hospice.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the benefits of hospice care, please contact us. Don’t wait until you’re faced with a medical crisis.

Our website and blog feature stories from our patients and their families who have experienced hospice care. These represent only a fraction of the work and moments made possible by choosing hospice care.

A terminal diagnosis can still include a lot of living. Visit our website or call (800) 237-4629 to learn more.

About Hospice of the Red River Valley
Hospice of the Red River Valley is an independent, non-profit hospice serving more than 30 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. Hospice care is intensive comfort care that alleviates pain and suffering, enhancing the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones by addressing their medical, emotional, spiritual and grief needs. For more information, call toll free 800-237-4629, email or visit


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