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Hospice of the Red River Valley

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Date registered: September 19, 2012

Latest posts

  1. How to Know if You’re a Caregiver: Signs to Recognize in Yourself and Others — April 21, 2015
  2. Good Deeds and Fellowship: Hospice Volunteer Aims to Make a Difference — April 14, 2015
  3. Angels in Disguise: Husband Recalls Wife’s Experience with Hospice — March 24, 2015
  4. Unexpected Connection: A First-time Volunteer’s Rewarding Experience with Hospice — March 17, 2015
  5. Helping Your Parents Deal with Loss — March 10, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Helping Out Offers and Assignments — 6 comments
  2. Dear Santa … Top 10 Gift Ideas for Caregivers — 4 comments
  3. Coping with Guilt as a Caregiver — 4 comments
  4. Caregiver Burnout: Signs to Watch for in Yourself and Others — 3 comments
  5. Experiencing the Circle of Life with Hospice Care — 2 comments

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Apr 21

How to Know if You’re a Caregiver: Signs to Recognize in Yourself and Others

By Sharon Dardis If you’re a Scrabble player, perhaps you already know there are 144 possible word combinations contained in the word “caregiver.” Likewise, there are probably as many situations in which someone might be involved in a setting that would consider them a “caregiver.” How do you know if you’re one of them? The …

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Apr 14

Good Deeds and Fellowship: Hospice Volunteer Aims to Make a Difference

Matt Mastrud

The year 2014 proved to be a year full of changes and personal transformation for Matt Mastrud, a Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteer. About seven months ago, Matt set two very deliberate goals: get into better shape by starting a Brazilian Jujitsu class and share his time with others by volunteering. He knew …

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Mar 24

Angels in Disguise: Husband Recalls Wife’s Experience with Hospice

Toot and Dee

“We traveled all over together, her and I,” Gerald ‘Toot’ shared about his late wife, Dee. “All you had to say to her is, ‘Dee, how would you like to … ?,’ and she would say ‘yes’ right away. You wouldn’t even have to finish what you were going to ask. She was willing to …

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Mar 17

Unexpected Connection: A First-time Volunteer’s Rewarding Experience with Hospice

Julie S.

When Julie Swiontek first considered volunteering for Hospice of the Red River Valley, she thought office work suited her best, and she never dreamed she would visit patients. “I thought, ‘I don’t know how to start conversations. What do I do if something happens?’” she explained. Julie spoke with Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Kristi Sherven, who …

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Mar 10

Helping Your Parents Deal with Loss

Janna Kontz

By Janna Kontz My Dad was an amazing man. He had an eighth-grade education, but he never allowed that to hold him back. He was incredibly intelligent and loved to be challenged by things like serving on the school board and church council and being District Governor of the Lions. He was great at math …

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Feb 24

Embracing the Final Journey: Hospice Helps Husband Care for Wife with Alzheimer’s

Bill and Judy S.

“I will take care of you as long as I can,” Bill explained to his wife, Judy, in May 2008 after leaving the doctor’s office. Judy had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “That was the only time she questioned what would happen to her when she didn’t know anyone anymore,” he said. “She never …

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Feb 10

Comfort and Care When We Needed it Most: My Hospice Story

by Diane Samuelson Hospice is comfort. Hospice is support on a very long and sometimes very lonely journey. My Dad was terrified of dying and wanted to be at home. He was born in 1908, and grew up during a time when nursing homes and hospitals were very different than the facilities of today. Dad got …

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Jan 27

Volunteering with Hospice: A Language of the Heart

Arlene Schneider

For Arlene Schneider, a volunteer with Hospice of the Red River Valley, her experience started out like many others who give of their time, “I was retired, and I like to be busy,” she said. “I was looking for something to do, and they [Hospice] needed the help.” Arlene quickly realized her time with Hospice …

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Jan 13

An Attitude of Gratitude: Couple Gives Thanks for Extra Support

Mike B_quote

During any visit with Mike, a Hospice of the Red River Valley patient, and his wife, Eileen, you quickly realize you’re gaining an unintentional education in grace and gratitude. The couple is warm, welcoming and unassuming. Mike faces serious health challenges, but rather than becoming bitter, they are acutely aware of the blessings and kindness …

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Dec 29

Reaching the End Zone: Hospice Staff Go Long for Patient

Dennis

Woven tightly into the fabric of his life, sports and a sense of brotherhood remain close at heart for Dennis, Hospice of the Red River Valley patient. Even with a prognosis of five to six months to live, Dennis and his partner, Cindy, are determined to make the most of the time he has left …

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