How can elderly people stay longer in their own homes, how could they be better cared for at home after a stay in hospital?? The senior citizens’ representative dr. Wolfgang hasselkus (rodental) and anja zietz from the coburg district office on tuesday evening before the seblach city council. The committee then unanimously approved the concepts for "home help" presented by the two as well as the "after-hours home visits also to be implemented in seblach. Mayor maximilian neeb () was commissioned to carry out the corresponding planning together with seniors’ representative klaus gropp (CSU).
The rodental family doctor dr. Hasselkus initiated the concept, which is intended to help affected people achieve greater independence, mobility and communication. "They act as guides and cover what an elderly person can no longer do", explained the seniors’ representative. 90 "home helpers" in 14 district communities already around 230 seniors. Volunteers with "time and heart, take care of the care, prevention and rehabilitation of your always the same reference persons. You talk to them, take them for a walk, to the doctor, or go shopping for them. They watch their diet, adapt the living space to their situation and exercise with them to improve strength and coordination and prevent falls. Hasselkus: "as in a partnership, the helpers find out how the other person is doing and recognize crises in good time." The "clients pay 8,50 euro per hour, plus travel expenses. Those involved can earn up to 2,400 euros per year as a "lump sum for exercise leaders earning without having to pay taxes and social security contributions. Their tasks also include regular service meetings and further training. Optionally, the aids can also set up exercise groups, for example with the galileo training device.
Need for action due to shorter bedtimes
Immediate measures and prevention of falls after hospitalization have become increasingly important. The layover times, as predicted by dr. Hasselkus in view of the financially precarious situation of regiomed, were further shortened, for example, to increase the economic efficiency of the coburg hospital: "elderly people will be sent home too early more and more often, because the hospital is on the brink of collapse, this is not exaggerated." The person who comes out of the hospital "is no longer the person he used to be": every week, elderly people who have to lie down lose at least one kilo of muscle mass. That’s why the returnees often felt worse than before. To prevent recurrence of falls and inadequate care, and thus the "path of the elderly to short-term or full-time care, the discharge management system already offers a post-discharge home visit in nine municipalities in the district. This is free of charge and, in addition to initial care and immediate admissions, also includes gymnastics and, if necessary. Fall training. The costs of the first visit (20 euro) and if necessary. The municipality pays for three falls training sessions (27 euros). The start-up financing of the district in the amount of 500 euros is sufficient for about three years, informed hasselkus. "The aftercare had to be part of the ethical task of a municipality", he called for the city’s involvement "we have a unique chance to intervene here"." No conflicts of interest with the weitramsdorf-seblach diaconal station or the flender’schen spitalstiftung old people’s home are to be feared, zietz explained. These institutions supported the concept and could serve as a link. Following the positive vote of the city council, volunteers are now to be recruited for both concepts.