Alzheimer’s caregivers offered means of relief

(Stevens Point, WI) –  Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are often so overwhelmed by taking care of their loved one that they neglect their own physical, mental and emotional well-being. The Vetter Family Alzheimer’s Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation works to prevent this from happening to 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 sisters, Mary Vetter Murphree and in honor of Ginger Vetter McDevitt.

Both Mary and Ginger grew up in Stevens Point as a part of the Vetter family. Vibrant, beautiful, and smart - both sisters have been afflicted by Alzheimer’s.  Both sisters also were fortunate to have 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.

“The Foundation is blessed to work with Hans and Sherri Vetter to help those in need in our community who are taking care of someone afflicted with Alzheimer’s. A new study was recently released that indicates that the number of people with Alzheimer’s will triple in the next 40 years in the United States. Saint Michael’s Foundation, along with the Vetter family and friends, want to help make an impact right here in our community by providing grant opportunities to those caregivers who need respite care but are unable to afford it,” Angie Heuck, Director of Saint Michael’s Foundation commented.

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.

To get more information on how to apply for caregiver respite from the Vetter Family Alzheimer’s Fund, contact Saint Michael’s Hospital Foundation at 715.343.3259 or to submit an application.

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