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Janet and Donavon Engen expressed thanks for the VA-provided hospice care that makes his life comfortable. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Nary couple appreciates comfort of hospice care

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When Pat Olsen, a hospice care nurse, took part in continuing education in October, she didn't realize how soon she would use the new knowledge she had gained.

Donavon Engen of rural Nary was living with cancer and needed hospice care to be comfortable in his home. However, even with insurance from his wife Janet's employer, Mastec of North America in Shevlin, the cost would have been prohibitive - $600-$800 per month, Olsen said. At 61, he also isn't eligible for Medicare.

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