The best gift is time

The best gift is time

"I am with you on every outing", says frieda johnson resolutely. The 76-year-old has been living in the waldenfels senior center for two years. A year earlier, the circle of helpers had been formed, which regularly offers additional support. Whether it's a chat over a cup of coffee, a walk, an evening at the movies, or even an outing. "This is a nice change. I will not miss this", frieda johnson gladly accepts the additional offers. Christine schumm was one of the first members of the helpers' circle, and is now employed as a caregiver at the senior center, and is still active as a volunteer. "This is good for both sides", she tells.
Home director kerstin stumpff-griebel can confirm this: "i often experience that false ideas are refuted here in the home."
About ten volunteers give the residents of the home some of their time. Martin pfeuffer, deputy chairman of the foundation and initiator of the circle of helpers, emphasizes that the meetings take place without obligation and without coercion. Each helper decides on the amount of time he would like to donate. The helpers are not "assigned" a home resident, but in the course of time, "long-term relationships have already developed". The helferkreis campaign works, and is good for both sides.
In contrast, caritas in bad bruckenau is having a hard time with its "care partners" campaign. Since 2000, it has been running very successfully in bad kissingen; in the same year, the project was also launched in bad bruckenau. The members of the dependent care population are "the primary target group" says daniela wehner from the caritas office for family caregivers. She emphasizes: "it's not about caring, it's about being a partner to the family caregivers." She remembers: "there used to be six ladies in bruckenau, that was perfect." Walks, games, reading aloud – the activities are varied and depend on the abilities of those being cared for. In any case, the visits give the relatives the certainty that nothing will happen in their absence.
The bruckenau room has not been occupied for more than ten years, and in the meantime no more requests have been received. "I do not believe, however, that the need is covered." Daniela wehner can only speculate as to why the campaign in bad bruckenau came to an end. Is it the shame, the inhibitions, to admit openly that you need help? Or is it because "in the rural area, neighborhood help and another family construct still exist"? Is? Daniela wehner only knows that she offers a neutral room for her regular counseling sessions in bad bruckenau, because some residents don't want their neighbors to see the caritas car parked in front of the door.
At the same time, they also have the right to free time, at least a few hours for themselves. But also the helpers should not be charged a fee, there should be only one visit per week. Daniela wehner would like to take away the shyness of the possible helpers. "There are no prerequisites for the visiting service, but time is not wasted." However, daniela wehner points out that you need to be "psychologically stable" for this service should be. The 49-year-old is the contact person for the volunteers, from placement to regular support. The place of action is no further than 15 kilometers from the helper's home, visits are possible in private households as well as in assisted living. The helpers are insured through caritas and receive training. There are regular support meetings, even in acute cases daniela wehner is always a contact person. The issues, such as z.B. Travel expenses, are reimbursed by caritas. This finances the "care partners" campaign the health insurances and the demand by the freestate, but the roughest part is shouldered by the caritas with own means.
In bad kissingen, there are currently 13 helpers for the "care partners" campaign, that is "completely sufficient, says daniela wehner. Other offers also run successfully in kissingen. For example, for some years now there has been the neighborhood help of the herz jesu parish and other services that are part of the "care partners" campaign there is no competition: "one organization alone can't cover it", so wehner. In bad bruckenau, too, there were several visiting circles and "many other activities that we no longer hear about, she regrets.
This is exactly the situation of the sinnbrucke network, which was founded in 2014. At that time, there was also a great deal of interest among helpers in getting involved. In the meantime, the network has shrunk to two helpers, one of whom is the initiator monika wiesner. You and your assistant have grown fond of your people over the years, and we don't want to let you down." Wiesner has experienced how difficult it is to build up an organization and, above all, to keep it going. Flyers are available in homes and surgeries, but no one contacts her. The bruckenauer is convinced: "something is already happening, but more in the private sphere, not through the organization." For her it is also important that "both sides get something out of it". Shining eyes welcome and bid farewell to monika wiesner every time she visits her acquaintances. It doesn't take much: empathy, listening and the feeling that someone is there."

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