Alzheimer’s caregivers offered means of relief

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are often so overwhelmed they neglect their own physical, mental and emotional well-being. The Vetter Family Alzheimer’s Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation will try to prevent this for local caregivers by providing respite-specific funding to those who cannot afford specific adult day programs, in-home assistance, meal delivery, and visiting nurse assistance.

The Vetter Family Alzheimer’s Fund was established by Hans and Sherri Vetter in memory of their sister, Mary Vetter Murphree and in honor of Ginger Vetter McDevitt.

One family, two vibrant, beautiful, and smart sisters afflicted by Alzheimer’s. Both of these sisters had loving companions and family members who cared for them during their journey with Alzheimer’s.

“We’ve seen first-hand how Alzheimer’s affects a family,” shared Sherri Vetter. “Not only did we want to honor Mary and Ginger, but we want to be able to offer caregivers a means of relief so they can stay healthy.”

Mary Vetter Murphree passed away in 2011 and left a loving husband and caretaker behind. Ginger’s husband of 50 years continues to provide care for her through the progression of her disease.

Saint Michael’s Foundation raises funds for programs and services geared to enhance the quality of health care services for patients and families served by Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group. Funds are used to establish new programs and initiatives, purchase clinical equipment and provide health-related educational support.

For more information contact Saint Michael’s Foundation at 715.343.3259.

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