Loving Care dinner benefits patients

Last year, Loving Care Hospice provided $70,000 worth of care to people who were unable to pay for the services. The non-profit organization can afford this generosity thanks to the success of fundraisers like the upcoming spring dinner.

The event is set for 6 p.m. April 11 at Tolles Career & Technical Center, Plain City. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are due by April 4. Students in the Tolles culinary program will prepare the meal and earn part of the proceeds for a trip to a Chicago food show.

The fundraiser will include live and silent auctions. The items up for bid will include a grandfather clock, quilt, craft items, "million dollar" pie, golf packages, Ohio State University gear, John Deere gear and more. Local auctioneer Geoff Smith will do the honors.

"Last year, about 200 people attended. With the auctions, sponsorships and everything added together, we raised about $20,000," said Loving Care Hospice Assistant Director Karla Redding.

To make reservations for the spring dinner, call 740-852-7755 or 800-313-6458.

Other upcoming Loving Care fundraisers include a golf outing in June at Timberview Golf Course, the Hospice Walk in August, and the fall dinner in November at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City.

Redding is available to speak to civic organizations and community groups about Loving Care’s services, which include:

• Hospice—Individuals with life-limiting illnesses receive assistance with their medical, social, financial and spiritual needs. The patient’s comfort is the focus.

• Home Health—Nurses and aides provide specialized in-home medical care and therapy to help patients return to as normal a life as possible.

• Daily Living Services—Individuals receive long-term general nursing care, assistance with personal and daily living activities, and housekeeping in their homes.

• Palliative Care—This service is offered to individual who have a life-threatening or debilitating illness who are living with a condition that adversely affects daily functioning or that reduces life expectancy. The palliative care team includes physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers. They assist the patient in his or her home, in the hospital, in nursing homes and in assisted living facilities. Palliative care is the latest addition to Loving Care’s menu of services.

Loving Care Hospice operates offices in London at 56 S. Oak St. and in Marysville at 779 London Ave. For details, go online to www.lovingcarehospice.com.

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