In the Corona crisis, the retirement homes were often the focus.
But rarely would anyone have bothered to talk to the residents, one of them thinks.
Pegnitz - 88-year-old Inge Ortel from Brigittenheim in Pegnitz (Bayreuth district *) has already gone through a lot in her life.
She used to be a nurse in Magdeburg and experienced the Second World War.
That is why she cannot understand why there is now so much whining in the corona pandemic *.
Above all, a comparison makes you upset.
Many retirement home residents spoke of "being locked up" during the Corona crisis
In the interview with
the resolute pensioner doesn't mince her words.
She reports how she experienced the pandemic as a resident of a retirement home.
She also did not understand why the poor residents of old people's homes were always reported.
No one would have ever asked the residents themselves how they had really fared.
And some of her roommates in the home would have confirmed the picture of the caged seniors.
"Why don't you go out?
The door is open ”, she once asked a woman who had complained about being locked up.
There was no answer to that.
If someone answered, she would hear: "My legs hurt so much."
Inge Ortel has a pragmatic attitude.
She could live with the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic *.
"Of course it's not nice when you can no longer do everything you want," says the senior citizen of the news portal.
"But that's still better than lying there with a tube in your throat at some point." She also couldn't understand how some would claim that the virus doesn't even exist.
And one formulation particularly upsets her.
“Anyone who speaks of a corona dictatorship because of the measures has no idea what dictatorship means.
That's absolute nonsense, "said the 88-year-old.
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The elderly woman could live well with the corona protective measures
In general, Ortel thinks that people can no longer deal with doing without. “We were never locked up. We were doing well, had something to eat, it was warm and a roof over our heads. ”Only once had the senior citizens been isolated in their home for eight weeks. When a resident brought the virus from the hospital, reports the home manager Roswitha Schecklmann. But otherwise they were allowed to leave the dormitory at any time. Ortel understands the step with isolation. “I thought it was right that the home was careful.” None of that was bad. Back in the war, they would have experienced completely different things.
Both women also agree that it was not the residents who presented the problem, but the relatives.
Often they only felt sorry for the elderly.
Then there were sentences like: “Oh, Grandma, I'm so sorry for you”, or “We're not allowed to see each other anymore.” The 88-year-old reacts very casually.
"You know, sometimes I can't hear the whine any more."
People would be too careless due to the falling corona numbers
She and the home manager are particularly upset by the hypocrisy of many visitors. Many of them had problems sticking to the rules, said Schecklmann. Even during the eight weeks of quarantine, many relatives tried to pick up their parents or grandparents for an excursion. Once someone had even tried secretly. As soon as the door closed behind them, the masks fell.
“It has nothing to do with love when I take off the mask and pull the trigger.
It's negligent, that's all. ”For the 88-year-old, a strange way of worrying if you throw caution overboard at the first opportunity.
In general, "those out there" have become too careless.
"The numbers are going down and we are pretending that the virus no longer exists," says the senior citizen.
At the end of the day, she also has some advice for everyone out there in the country.
"It would be better if you encouraged us instead of just pitying us all the time."
It's all bad enough as it is.
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