Some institutions are currently receiving more inquiries from people who would like to spend the remaining life of their lives in a hospice. After all, the visiting regulations there are not as strict as in other institutions. In the Osnabrück hospice, for example, those responsible have stipulated that the guests – as residents of the facilities are also called – can still receive visits from relatives or friends.
Residents can move freely without a protective mask
When someone moves into the hospice, some close relatives are named who can come afterwards at any time. They must wear mouth and nose protection, while guests are allowed to move freely around the house without a mask. “We want to make it as comfortable and at home as possible for people,” says Irina Mainka. She is a nursing manager in Osnabrück. The nurses there also continue to go on city walks or go shopping with the residents.
Christmas will be different this time
Mainka is a little worried about the upcoming Christmas party. Usually there is an ecumenical service with around 30 people. That would probably not be possible with so many people this year. Nonetheless, the nurses are already organizing afternoons or evenings together for their eleven guests as best they can.
Outpatient hospice work continues
In the outpatient hospice work, the associations try to continue visits at home with someone who is seriously ill. In Bad Laer in the Osnabrück district, the volunteers from the Lebensfreude association endeavor to maintain their contacts. Edith Pototschnik, for example, is 82 years old and recently lost her husband. Stefanie Schulte, a trained palliative nurse, was already working there when Janis’ husband was still alive. Even now she regularly visits the single woman and talks to her.
Relatives of the deceased will continue to be cared for
The grief work of relatives in Bad Laer is a task that is important to the approximately 60 members of the association. Maria Nesemeyer slowly built up the Lebensfreunde association around two years ago. She continued her education and was looking for colleagues. In the southern part of the Osnabrück district there were hardly any offers for people who will soon die or for their families. The club members wear protective masks during home visits, ventilation is carried out and the distance is maintained.
Associations hardly have the opportunity to collect donations
What the associations across the country in Lower Saxony are now missing are occasions to collect donations. There are no events where this is possible. That is why the initiatives are somewhat concerned about the coming year. The funds are urgently needed, says the state base for hospice work and palliative care in Celle. There the management hopes that markets or folk festivals can take place again soon so that none of the clubs gets into financial difficulties.