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National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month Volunteers are an essential part of the hospice care team. The difference they make for our patients and their families is immeasurable. Whether it’s through direct care or administrative work behind the scenes, there are countless ways a hospice volunteer can help. We are beyond grateful for the incredible people who volunteer their time and talents to make a positive difference in our patients’ lives. In honor of National Volunteer Month, we’d like to recognize just a few of them. We asked our volunteers to share what made them decide to be a hospice volunteer and what…
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What Black History Month Means to Me

What Black History Month Means to Me By: Angelique Riley Meet Angelique My name is Angelique Riley, and I have been at Grane Hospice Care, King of Prussia (an Abode Healthcare and BrightSpring Health Services company), for a little over two and a half years. I joined Grane after spending twenty years managing Life Enrichment in Continuing Care Retirement Centers. I found Life Enrichment rewarding, but it was time to hang up that hat and move on to another venture. I chose to work in Hospice Care to share my natural gift of helping people during the most difficult time…
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What Hispanic Heritage Means to Me

What Hispanic Heritage Means to Me As the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month grows near, we are shining a spotlight on Director of Business Development, Nereida. We asked her what Hispanic heritage means to her. Thank you, Nereida, for sharing your story with us! Nereida’s Story Hispanic/Latin/LatinX heritage and culture, to me, means family. I was raised with a large, loving family. Food, music, and family created a sense of warmth, love, and good times. At the center of it all, our matriarch, my Abuela Juana. She moved to the United States from Puerto Rico in the 60’s. She…
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Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans We Honor Veterans Program Hospice of the Midwest is a proud partner of the We Honor Veterans Program (WHV), a collaboration of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through this program, we have the honor and privilege of providing end-of-life care for those who have served our country. Our staff is dedicated to accommodating the specific needs Veterans on our service may face. Pinning Ceremonies One of the ways we recognize Veterans is through pinning ceremonies. These ceremonies are meant to acknowledge the military service and sacrifices made by the…
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Music Therapy Benefits in Hospice Care

A Music Therapy Case Study | Joshua Gilbert, MT-BC Throughout life, song can positively affect us both physically and emotionally. It influences bodily functions that we believe are beyond our control, such as heart rate, blood pressure and release of the body’s natural pain relief chemicals. Music therapy offers significant benefits for patients, caregivers and families. We offer it as part of our hospice services. In a case study conducted (by Joshua Gilbert) on the impact of music therapy over a four-month period, with an older adult in hospice care, results exhibited significant signs of improvement in the following categories:…
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Meet Our Carroll Caregivers | Brooke Schiltz

We’re Keeping It Local – Look for the Purple Scrubs! Hospice of the Midwest is proud to serve the town of Carroll, Iowa and its surrounding communities. We are dedicated to providing exceptional in-home hospice care and pride ourselves on our local caregivers. We would love for the Carroll community to get to know our team better (although many of you might know some of these ladies), so please read on to learn more about Hospice of the Midwest caregiver, Brooke. Meet Brooke Schiltz Just down the road from Carroll, in Breda, Iowa, resides new member of the Hospice of…
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Meet Our Carroll Caregivers | Joy Vannahme

We’re Keeping It Local – Look for the Purple Scrubs! Hospice of the Midwest is proud to serve the town of Carroll, Iowa and its surrounding communities. We are dedicated to providing exceptional in-home hospice care and pride ourselves on our local caregivers. We would love for the Carroll community to get to know our team better (although many of you might know some of these ladies), so please read on to learn more about Hospice of the Midwest nurse, Joy. Meet Joy Vannahme Also born and raised in Carroll, Joy Vannohme understands more than anyone that in a tight-knit…
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Pinning Ceremony with Retired WWII Army Sergeant

Retired WWII, Army Sergeant, Paul Kunin poses with wife, Beverly after being surprised by Hospice of the Midwest ~ MN staff and Military personnel, Sargent Chad Ellwein. The Kunin family and staff sang the National Anthem acapella while he was pinned by Sargent Ellwein, given an Appreciation certificate and saluted. Staff then displayed and draped a handmade military quilt with Army insignia over Mr. Kunin. All enjoyed a cupcake reception outside on the veranda afterwards. “I will never forget this,” Paul said, “thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has been one of the most memorable days of…
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Meet Our Carroll Caregivers | Barbara Jacobsen

We’re Keeping It Local – Look for the Purple Scrubs! Hospice of the Midwest is proud to serve the town of Carroll, Iowa and its surrounding communities. We are dedicated to providing exceptional in-home hospice care and pride ourselves on our local caregivers. We would love for the Carroll community to get to know our team better (although many of you might know some of these ladies), so please read on to learn more about Hospice of the Midwest nurse, Barbara. Meet Barbara Jacobsen Born and raised in Carroll, Iowa, Barbara Jacobsen is invested in her community and continues to…
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Employee Testimony | Beth Rasmussen

Our employees are the heart and soul of our hospice organization. We appreciate their kind words and love hearing about their experiences with Hospice of the Midwest! “Working for hospice of the Midwest has been one of the best decisions of my life. I feel my medical background (medical assistant, HCA, CNA, CMA) has prepared me for the role of a hospice aide. I love the one-on-one contact and listening to clients’ stories about their life experiences. I especially enjoy the stories our veterans share with me. My goal for each visit is to make each patient’s day just a…
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Employee Testimony | Jeri Shufelt

Our employees are the heart and soul of our hospice organization. We appreciate their kind words and love hearing about their experiences with Hospice of the Midwest! “I would like to say how wonderful it is working with Hospice of the Midwest and Abode Healthcare. I have only been here four months, but the team here in Minnesota is so cohesive, friendly, warm, and dedicated to the work we do. They get excited with every new admission and looks forward to new challenges. Our team’s compassion and caring shows through the sadness they feel at not being able to see…
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Celebrating Nurses | Barbara Jacobsen

Hospice of the Midwest is celebrating nurses during the Month of May! Meet Barbara and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.” “I chose nursing simply because I love people, especially the geriatric community. I have a lot of prior experience with long-term care, and hospice always caught my eye when experiencing it in those settings. When I finally graduated nursing school, I knew I wanted to be a hospice nurse. A friend talked to me about this company, and I decided to give it a go. It is one of the best decisions I have…