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Don’t Wait Until the End. Start the Conversation Early

Kristen Anderson RN Hospice

If celebrating life, creating memories and enjoying the company of family and friends sounds somewhat contradictory to what you imagine for hospice patients, it’s really not. This is the basis for hospice care and what inspires Redwood Area Hospital physicians, volunteers and nurses like Kristen Anderson, RN, CHPN, hospice care coordinator. “There’s a misconception that […]

Interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer?

hospice-volunteer

Hospice volunteers come from all walks of life — retirees, homemakers, nurses, farmers, veterans, business owners, and many others. Volunteering is also a great opportunity for couples to work together. The smallest amount of time can make a big difference in the life of a Hospice patient and their family. The role of volunteers is […]

Adult Grief Support Group begins in February

Redwood Area Hospital will be holding an Adult Grief Support Group on Monday evenings February 3 – March 10, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Redwood Area Hospital Adult Day Services Room.  There is no cost to participate. The Adult Grief Support Group can offer support, friendship, information and an opportunity to talk or listen […]

Help decorate the Tree of Lights

Tree of Lights

Every holiday season, the Redwood Area Hospital Hospice Tree of Lights provides a visual reminder of the loved ones we hold dear. This year, Hospice is providing additional opportunity to remember friends and family that have passed away by placing red memorial bows on the tree. “Last year more than 500 individuals were remembered during […]

Redwood Area Hospital supports Veterans: even at the end of life

We Honor Veterans Logo

As our nation marks Veterans Day on November 11, Redwood Area Hospital is making strides in its efforts to increase Veterans’ access to compassionate, high quality hospice and palliative care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness. As part of this effort, Redwood Area Hospital is a part of an innovative program, We […]

Taking Care of the Caregiver

Sarah-Triplett

For 22 years Sara Triplett cared for the City of Redwood Falls, but it was time for others to care for her.  When the former mayor and city council member learned that her cancer was terminal, family and friends flocked to her side and Triplett entered Redwood Area Hospital Hospice. Hospice provides comfort and support for […]

Six Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall

By Marlo Sollitto, contributing editor with www.AgingCare.com Falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year. Last year alone, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Several factors contribute to the fact that seniors […]

Loved ones remembered at hospice memorial service

Hospice Memorial Service

The Redwood Area Hospital Hospice invites the community to join their annual memorial service on Monday, May 7, 2012. The service celebrates the lives of those who were cared for by hospice, but also all loved ones from our area who have died. “This is a special event for our hospice team, to honor the […]

What Do We Need During Grief?

Time: Time alone and time with those you trust and who will listen when you need to talk. Months and years of time to feel and understand the feelings that go along with the loss. Rest, Relaxation, Exercise, Nourishment, Diversion: You may need extra amounts of things you needed before. Hot baths, afternoon naps, a […]

What Can You Do to Help Someone Who is Grieving?

-Be present and available. -Listen. -Speak the name of the person who has died. -Talk about the person who has died/share a fond memory. -Allow person to grieve – don’t be afraid of their tears. -Allow people to feel their pain. Walk with them, let them deal with their emotions in helpful and healing ways. […]