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10 Tips To Help You Handle The Challenges Of Caregiving

Caring for someone in your home is never an easy task; yet, it can be one of the greatest gifts you give. Being a caregiver requires patience, understanding and love. Although there are many positive things that happen when caregiving, there are also many challenges. Knowing that these challenges will occur may help alleviate some…
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Strategies For Self-Care While Grieving

By Connie DeKrey, Bereavement Specialist Each journey of grief is as unique as the individual who walks its path. That being recognized, an aspect of grief that shares commonality with all who grieve is the need for self-care. Grief may be experienced in a variety of ways—emotionally, certainly, but also physically, cognitively and even spiritually.…
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Patient Vs. Family Expectations Of Hospice Care

By Mary Lou My husband and I recently attended the wedding of the daughter of some very good friends. As with many occasions of this nature, you end up meeting someone new. After the name exchange, there is most likely the question, “And what do you do?” At this particular event, when I introduced myself…
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Making Unexpected Connections By Volunteering For Hospice

By Cheryl Melbye Hospice of the Red River Valley has had a special place in my heart for years, as I’ve listened to countless stories of lives that have been touched through the care and comfort of this special organization. And as a person who became acquainted with grief at a young age, with the…
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Difficult Conversations: Tips For Health Care Providers On Starting The Hospice Conversation With Patients And Families

For many health care providers working in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other environments, beginning a conversation about hospice care with a resident, patient or family member can be extremely difficult. Yet, as a trusted source of information, you can play an important role in ensuring patients are informed about—and receive—the most appropriate care…
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