Donor gifts make hospice patient wishes come true; help families cope
Picture provided by ALMH: From L-R: Shelley Gray, RN, Jessica Spiedel and Marty Ahrends, ALHFoundation Executive Director
Lincoln - A check representing collective donor gifts of $8332.21 from the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation's Dr. Wayne J. Schall Hospice Fund was recently presented to the Memorial Home Services nurses who work with Logan County patients and their families.
The memorial and Light Up A Life contributions from local donors will help promote a bereavement support group and support the final wishes of local hospice patients.
Shelley Gray, RN says that the gifts passed along from ALHF will be used to support a new bereavement support group, which meets in the ALMH Steinfort Room the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Jessica Spiedel, RN added that the gifts will also help them grant wishes for local patients as part of Memorial Home Services Hospice Sharing Wishes Fund. Wishes granted to Logan County patients have included a ride in a hot-air balloon, a laptop needed to Skype with far-away family members, a hearing device, and a haircut and special dinner. Gray and Spiedel work with the Memorial Hospice team of social workers, chaplains and volunteers to get to know the patients and their desires, and then utilize the Sharing Wishes Fund to make those wishes a reality.
Gifts for the Schall Hospice Fund can be sent to the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln. For more information contact Executive Director Marty Ahrends at 605-5006 or visit ALMH.org.
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