Every Gift Counts: Donations To Hospice Patients Provide Immeasurable Support

Jane BartholomayBy Jane Bartholomay

If you knew you had just a few months left to laugh, love and live, how would you choose to spend your final days or weeks? For some faced with a terminal illness, the choice is clear—comfortably and surrounded by loved ones, which means accepting hospice care.

What services does Hospice provide?
When that decision is made—to transfer from curative care to comfort care—and Hospice of the Red River Valley becomes involved, the meaningful work of supporting that person’s end-of-life wishes takes form. A detailed, patient-specific plan of care is designed by a team of hospice care specialists, including a registered nurse (RN), licensed social worker, chaplain and volunteer coordinator. All services, equipment and medication related to the individual’s terminal diagnosis become a part of the compassionate, end-of-life care the person deserves.

In addition to caring for each patient, Hospice supports the patient’s family members through caregiver education—teaching caregivers how to provide direct care for their loved ones—and grief support services for up to 13 months after a death. Grief support is provided based on each person’s individual comfort level and may include one-on-one visits, phone calls and educational materials. Hospice of the Red River Valley also offers support groups open to the communities we serve.

Interesting Facts from 2014: 

  • 1,609 patients served
  • 299 patients served daily, on average
  • More than half of our patients live in a long-term care facility
  • More than half of our patients have a diagnosis other than cancer

Why does it matter?
We need you. While some of our services are reimbursed through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, Hospice of the Red River Valley cares for anyone who meets the medical guidelines for care, regardless of insurance coverage, ability to pay or distance from a major city. As a not-for-profit organization serving 29 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota, patients are cared for in the setting of their choice—wherever they call home, including private residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals.

In 2014, we cared for an average of 299 patients each day—many of whom resided in rural areas. Donations and community support make our work possible—ensuring everyone who qualifies for hospice has access to care that can lead to a more comfortable life and more moments with loved ones. Deliberate acts of generosity also provide much needed support for families during their most difficult times.

Every gift, your gift—no matter its size or form—provides immeasurable support for the care and aid of patients and their families throughout our service region, helping each person live the last months and weeks to the fullest surrounded by those who matter most.

How can I help?
Contributions to Hospice of the Red River Valley come in many forms, and all gifts to Hospice of the Red River Valley are tax deductible, as determined by the law.

There are so many types of gifts you can give:

We are often reminded of how the care provided during difficult times has touched the lives of those involved. Recently, we received this note from a family member whose mother was served by Hospice of the Red River Valley. “Thank you so much for the gentle and compassionate care given to our mother. Words cannot describe the depth of our gratitude. You were always there when we needed you.”

For more information on opportunities to support Hospice of the Red River Valley, please call (800) 237-4629, email or visit our website.

Jane Bartholomay is a development officer at Hospice of the Red River Valley.

About Hospice of the Red River Valley
Hospice of the Red River Valley is an independent, not-for-profit hospice serving all, or portions of, 29 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 questions@hrrv.org or visit www.hrrv.org.