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Checking Off Bucket List Items

At Hospice of the Midwest, we take the question, “What’s on this person’s bucket list?” quite seriously. When asked by our Medical Director, Dr. John Hamerly at an Interdisciplinary Group meeting, we looked to the next deserving hospice patient, Ellie. Ellie was an avid horse back rider all her life and best friend Trish (for 60+ years) was her companion on trail riding, camping, attending rodeos, and enjoying the great outdoors. Her bucket list item was something easy to accomplish; to see and pet a horse! A phone call was made to Becky and Linda, who volunteer with River Valley Riders, a Therapeutic Riding program for people with physical and cognitive behavioral disabilities. (wwwrivervalleyriders.org) Both agreed to transport (from Osceola, Wisconsin!) and be the Therapeutic Safety Supervisors for the visit at The Estates of Bloomington, where Ellie resides. During the visit, other patients, staff, and visiting family members also came to enjoy petting Rio, the Therapy Horse and posing for group pictures. “Thank you for making this happen!  It has been such a blessing to everyone!” Trish told everyone. Thank you to Hospice of the Midwest, RN Case Manager, Nora, Volunteers; Kevin for photography,  as well as Becky and Linda, for all the work of making this patient’s wish come true!

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