Caritas has filed a lawsuit against the Starnberg District Office.
It's about dealing with a corona outbreak in the Maria Eich nursing home in Kraillingen and a fine of 10,000 euros.
- How the spread of the coronavirus can be effectively contained is sometimes controversial.
The Starnberg district office imposed a fine of 10,000 euros in February because the Caritas nursing home Maria Eich in Krailling had repeatedly failed to follow its orders to set up a quarantine station for infected residents.
Caritas opted for individual isolation in the rooms, paid the 10,000 euros and filed a lawsuit.
She does not find the solution of the district office practicable.
Now there is another fine in the room.
"It's the last home they have"
"That may work in a hospital where you keep an area free for it", but not in a nursing home, says Doris Schneider, managing director of the Caritas Association of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, about the establishment of a quarantine station. “We don't have a large number of free rooms.” And if healthy and infected residents are asked to swap their rooms for a while in order to set up a pandemic zone, the technical term is, it is a massive intervention. “We would also defend ourselves against it.” The residents lived in rooms they had furnished themselves, with their own furniture and pictures. "It is the last home they have." It is not a question of hospital rooms that are occupied with wash bags and suitcases that are interchangeable. Some residents are also demented,“They don't even know their way around then”.
District Administrator Stefan Frey explains: "We are aware that this is not easy for the home and that it deprives people of their personality for a certain period of time." But he defends the arrangement of the pandemic zone: "That was the order of the day." His spokesman Stefan Diebl adds: "The individual isolation is the level below." And that was not enough at the time to contain the infection.
"We do not negligently accept infections," replies Schneider.
Reorganization of a pandemic zone
Since there is currently another major corona outbreak in the Kraillinger nursing home, a fine is again in the room. Again, the Starnberg Health Department ordered a pandemic zone to be set up. It issued the same notice as in February. But this time the money will not have to be paid, the home administration complied with the request of the office: "Now it was easy to implement," says Schneider. One reason: the current eruption has never reached the size of the spring. He's already under control. In addition to the nine residents who tested positive and three who died, none were added. “It's about to run out,” says Schneider. In February there were 21 infected residents in Maria Eich, spread over two living areas, and three of the infected died.
Schneider has a total of 27 Caritas nursing homes under her wing.
These are in different counties.
And only the Starnberg district office is still relying on pandemic zones, she says.
Krailling is not the only case in the Starnberg district in which Caritas did not adhere to the arrangement of such a zone.
She was also ignored in the Gautinger Marienstift.
Because the infections there declined without a pandemic zone, "we didn't pay," said Schneider.
She feels confirmed that she relied on individual isolation back then.
"There are different ways that lead to Rome." When the administrative court will deal with the action of Caritas, it is difficult for both sides to assess.
Schneider: "It takes an unpredictably long time before a process takes place."