Helping Out Offers And Assignments

  By Mary Lou How many times have you said, “Just call if there is anything I can do to help.” How often have you heard from the person you offered that to? Maybe it’s a generational thing, more likely a cultural thing, but for the most part, people aren’t comfortable calling up a friend…
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I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know A Hospice Social Worker Did That

By Amy Believe it or not, this is an actual photo from a hospice social worker visit. Let me explain. Susie*, a young patient of ours, has Huntington’s disease. It’s an awful disease which causes the wasting of nerve cells in the brain, leaving a person with very little control of his or her own…
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Beyond Widowhood: Grief And Spousal Loss

  This fall, we’re offering a unique grief course in Fargo focused on widowhood. There are many unique grief challenges faced by widows and widowers. Many encounter a loss not only of their spouse, but also of their way of making it through life. After a spousal loss, grievers often struggle with loneliness and the…
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Diagnosing And Addressing Pain In Dementia Patients

By Roxanne Smedsrud, RN Because of their disease, many dementia patients are unable to report that they have pain. For family members or other caregivers of dementia patients, this can be a cause of concern. In my years as a hospice nurse, I’ve learned you can sometimes ask dementia patients repeatedly if they are experiencing…
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Celebrating Assisted Living Week

It’s National Assisted Living Week, and during this time each year we like to extend our gratitude to our partners in care working in assisted living facilities throughout our service area. Many times, people are surprised to learn that hospice care is available in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or even hospitals—wherever a patient calls…
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