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"The hospice closes a gap in care"


Highlights: "The hospice closes a gap in care", says nurse Magdalena Eham. She is in favour of the construction of the Oberland Hospice in Bad Wiessee. For two years, she worked in the palliative care unit of the Agatharied hospital, and is currently working in the ALS Homecare team, which cares for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) At the moment, there are already hospices in the district, but they are too far away.

Status: 10.12.2023, 14:00 PM

By: Bettina Stuhlweißenburg

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Caring for the terminally ill is a fulfilling job for specialist Magdalena Eham. © TP

In an interview, nurse Magdalena Eham talks about her work with seriously ill patients. She is in favour of the construction of the Oberland Hospice in Bad Wiessee.

District – Nurse Magdalena Eham specialises in the accompaniment and care of terminally ill patients. For two years, she worked in the palliative care unit of the Agatharied hospital, and is currently working in the ALS Homecare team, which cares for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at home. We talked to her about the palliative care structure in the district – and about the hospice planned in Bad Wiessee, which our newspaper is supporting this year with the campaign "Readers help readers".

Ms. Eham, the construction of the Oberland Hospice will begin in spring 2024. What do you think?

I very much welcome this because I believe that it can close a gap in care. Hospices have the flexibility to cater to the individual needs of the dying. I also think it's great that the Oberland Hospice is to have a palliative care academy in-house. It offers education, training and further education to all professional groups in palliative care. Last but not least, the hospice will create an attractive employer for skilled workers.

What is the current palliative care structure?

There are already hospices, but they are too far away. As a rule, relatives want to visit their seriously ill family member every day. This requires a facility close to home. However, a hospice should not be regarded as the only institution. Rather, it complements other units such as palliative care units or specialized outpatient palliative care, SAPV. Many die at home or in a retirement home, accompanied by the SAPV. For young seriously ill people, however, a retirement home is not an option.

You have worked in the palliative care unit, and you are currently also working for the seriously ill. Why did you decide to work in such a difficult field?

I like the close and appreciative inter- and intradisciplinary cooperation. We are a team of specialized doctors, nurses, social pedagogues and pastors. This is different from normal wards. In addition, in the palliative setting, the care key is different. The standards of care that I have learned can really be implemented in this environment.

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In the palliative setting, I can also use aromatherapy and acupressure. I find it fulfilling to be able to really use the additional qualifications I have acquired. In a normal ward, you are responsible for 20 patients, in the palliative care unit only four. This means that you also have more time for your relatives. They are neglected when you have a lot of patients.

Why is it especially important for dying people to have time?

Dying people struggle with many symptoms. Shortness of breath, pain, weakness and nausea, for example. In addition, there are existential questions: Why me? Why now? Young parents usually worry about what will become of their children when they are no longer around. To be able to respond to all this, you need resources. Pain, for example, is influenced by many factors. In addition to physical factors, there are also psychological, spiritual and social factors. In order to be able to recognize what the problem is, you need a different relationship with the patient and his relatives.

How do you deal with the stress that daily contact with seriously ill patients can mean?

During my training, one sentence in particular shaped me: The basis of care is self-care. You have to listen carefully to yourself: What do I need? What is good for me? Only then do you have the strength to take care of others. Collegial advice and supervision can also be very helpful. They can give new impulses. Ultimately, however, you also have to be able to free yourself from the idea of solving every problem. For example, if a dying person wants to see his son, with whom he has had no contact for 20 years, but the son does not want to come, then so be it. In the palliative care setting, there is sometimes a real activism. But you also have to be able to accept things.

Source: merkur

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