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Hospice Fundraiser Spotlights Near Death Needs


An event this weekend benefits Ministry Home Care-Hospice program.

Volunteer community outreach coordinator Melissa Houg says the Seventh Annual "Christmas From the Heart" is Saturday at Ministry-Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. She says the fundraiser helps people who either don't have insurance or are underinsured and need help paying for care at the end of life...

"....what people don't realize is since we are non-profit, we don't turn you away so we find ways to pay for the hospice program in a number of ways. Through the Medicare, Medicaid, private insurances and also with donations as well as fundraisers we do throughout the year..."

Hospice care begins when a primary doctor determines the person is in the final months of life...


"....we have nurses that we have on staff, hospice aides which help with the daily tasks such as getting a person showered, combing their hair, setting their hair, shaving them. Then we have chaplains, social workers and volunteers that come into the home to help with any needs, grocery shopping as well..."

The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rhinelander hospital. More information is available through Ministry Health Care.