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Light Up A Life for Hospice Care

November 20, 2017

This holiday season, CHI St. Joseph’s Health will light up the Christmas Tree on Main Street in memory of Guy LaFontaine of Walker. Wonderful husband, father, grandfather, employer, and friend – these are the words Joan LaFontaine uses when describing her husband, Guy.  A Walker native, Guy moved to California with his family when he was a boy, but his heart remained in Minnesota.  Following their marriage in 1972, Joan and Guy moved to Walker in 1973, where Guy owned a business and the couple raised their three children.
Last year, Guy and Joan faced a hard decision. Following his ALS diagnosis and lengthy illness, Guy’s neurologist recommended the 64-year-old consider hospice. Joan shared that while deciding to opt for end-of-life care was difficult for both of them—she and Guy knew that being at home was best for him and their family.   

“Guy’s nurse and Hospice Care team were very helpful and took care of everything he needed, from medications to physical problems.  If he needed something or had a problem, all I had to do was call – anytime, day or night. As a family of faith, it was important and comforting to us that Hospice Care was faith based,” Joan says.
“We will be forever grateful to Hospice and the special care my husband, myself, and our family received.  We will always remember and have a special place in our hearts for the “team” who lovingly cared for him until the end of his life,” Joan added.
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care is about helping patients and families live as fully as possible. Providing care tailored to the wants and needs of each individual patient and their families is key.  Generous donors to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care make a difference in the patients, families, and loved ones facing end-of-life issues for whom we provide care.
“Our Hospice team is compassionate and delivers expert care,” says Jessica Jensen, RN, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Interim Hospice Care Director. “We focus on quality of life and are able to do that because our team is highly experienced and trained to provide pain and symptom management.”
Families are centered in care, as they are coached on how to care for the patient. Patients are assisted with medical needs and also the emotional, psychosocial, “We believe hospice is about living as fully as possible,” Jensen says.
During this holiday season of thanks and giving, the public is invited to join Hospice Care in a celebration of life and memories by giving a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one.
Gifts of $25 or more to the Hospice Care Light Up A Life program help to bring individualized care to those in need of pain and symptom management, counseling, spiritual care, and respite services. Your support ensures quality hospice care close to home and 100 percent of your gift remains local.
The LaFontaine family is among 158 patients and their loved ones who received Hospice Care through CHI St. Joseph’s Health this past year. Providing specialized quality healthcare with an emphasis on comfort and dignity has been Hospice Care’s unique privilege for 30 years. Hospice Care has a passion for helping people live each day to the fullest, making more meaningful moments possible.
Please plan to attend the community tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, Main Street, Park Rapids and celebrate the season in honor or memory of those dear to you.
Donations can be made at CHI St. Joseph’s Health south lobby in the Light Up a Life gift box, at participating area businesses in Park Rapids and Menahga. or mailed to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation at 600 Pleasant Avenue, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

Judy Miller, Communications Manager
(218) 616-3310
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