Angie Judd

Hospice CNA Discovers Full-circle Connection with Patient

Angie Judd has cared for hundreds of patients in her four-plus years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with Hospice of the Red River Valley. In early February, a chance encounter with a patient revealed an unexpected connection. The experience reaffirmed for Angie why she loves her job. As a “float” CNA, Angie travels wherever …

Albert Shirek

Getting Things Right in the Final Season of Life

Albert Shirek remembers everything in life from age five on. As a life-long farmer, many of his memories stem from 33,000 hours on a tractor, combing the fields. He and his wife, Stephany, spent their lives on a farmstead, from birth through retirement. They understood firsthand the lesson imparted by famed businessman and philanthropist Howard …

Paul Fellbaum

Lidgerwood Community Celebrates Hospice Patient’s Passion for Photography

Paul Fellbaum spent his childhood years on the family’s New Effington, S.D., farm, surrounded by nature—a landscape in which he found much inspiration. At age eight, Paul’s Aunt Sharon gave him a camera for Christmas, setting in motion his lifelong passion for photography. “That summer, my baby brother was born, and I took all of …

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 …

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 …

Brenda and her mom Corky

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 …