November is Home Care Month

Roughly 5,000 individuals in 40 Wisconsin counties receive care from Ministry Home Care every single day. Professionals provide hospice care, home health care, infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, home medical equipment, and supportive care - helping people remain safely and comfortably in their homes. November is National Home Care Month, and Ministry is celebrating the powerful impact their committed staff has on the people they care for.

Ministry operates agencies in this region known as Ministry Home Care (home health and hospice) and Ministry Home Care Plus (infusion therapy, respiratory therapy and home medical equipment) and Ministry Living Well, their newest service line offering supportive care in the Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids areas.

“The care our professional teams provide is amazing,” stated Jerry L. Cleveland, president and CEO of Ministry Home Care, Inc. “They are able to bring high-tech, state of the art care to people who long to remain where they’re most comfortable – at home.”

Hospice, often misunderstood as a place, is comprehensive end-of-life care provided wherever a patient lives. The vast majority of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, which is often their personal residence, but can also be a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other community-based residence. In addition, Ministry provides care to people in their beautiful hospice home, House of the Dove in Marshfield. Ministry Home Care provides care to people of all ages with any terminal diagnosis.

Home health care is primarily for rehabilitation or maintenance of health status, and is often prescribed for patients after a hospital discharge, and often in lieu of a stay at a long term care facility. For patients who are in need of physical, occupational, or speech therapy, home health care can be a viable alternative. Registered nurses can provide professional wound care, medication management, and oversight of complex patient needs – helping individuals to recover more quickly in the comfort of their home environment. “With our specialized services such as home telemonitoring and PATH®, Ministry’s Palliative Approach to Treatment at Home,” commented Cleveland, “a wide range of care can be provided.”

Ministry Home Care Plus, provides home infusion therapy, respiratory therapy and home medical equipment. The list of medications approved for home therapies is constantly expanding. Many infusion (IV) therapies that previously required in-patient or out-patient clinic supervision can now be provided in the home by professional infusion nurses, or in their convenience ambulatory infusion suite, located right in their Marshfield office.

Home respiratory therapy includes oxygen, nebulizers, sleep apnea therapies and a host of other treatments. The respiratory therapists work closely with the patients to ensure they understand their physician-prescribed treatments, and how to operate and care for the equipment.

Home medical equipment can be delivered to the home, and is also available at their new retail stores in Marshfield (next to Walmart) and in Stevens Point (just east of Herrschner’s). “The right home medical equipment can help individuals remain safe in their own homes,” stated Cleveland. “With our huge inventory and resources, Ministry Home Care Plus can address most people’s needs.”

Ministry Living Well, their newest service line, began providing supportive care services to individuals in the Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids areas this summer. With Tailored Supportive Care, Long Term Care at Home, and Concierge Services, to name a few, Ministry Living Well provides an array of services that can make remaining at home easier. 

For more information on Ministry’s services, call 1-866-740-1166 or visit


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