Because of the
development of aging more and more people need help for their everyday life and
for their care.
Germany about 2 Million
people are in need of care. The bigger part of them (70%) are looked after by
their family of friends at home. About 700.000 people are living in nursing
To got to a
nursing home, leaving the familiar surrounding isnít an easy step.
To be able to
stay at home as long as possible, many older people draw an nurses from
Europe. Those women offer a
caring 24 hour supervision which is affordable. Unfortunately this work is
illegal in Germany. For the same
money a German nurse only comes once in the morning and once in the evening. The
remaining time the old person is alone at the day care or at home.
If an older
person decides to employ a German nurse, the costs will eat up all of his
savings and sometimes even so much money that he has to sell his house.
The bottom line
is that he will be dependent on the help of the social assistance office.
Germany† there are residential houses for elderly
people and nursing homes which are supported by the state, the churches or
There is a huge
difference between those institutions.
In the private
residences there are wealthy people and they are spoiled and looked
In contrast to
that in the homes from the state there is a constant shortage of staff and the
100% care of elderly isnít guaranteed.
The nurses are
absolutely dependent on family members and volunteers.
nurses arenít paid adequately for working so sacrificially. Thereby this job
that requires training isnít very attractive for the younger
insurance pays for stationary and domestic nursing service. About 98% of the
Germans have a nursing insurance. There are three care levels.
To evaluate the
levels the different normal workings and performances are defined meticulously.
For example for washing the whole body 20-25 minutes are estimated, for shaving
Care level 1
means expenditure of time of 90 minutes. From 2 hours care you draw benefits of
care level 2 and from 4 hours or more care at one day you are care level
classification is always made by a medical consultant.
By all accounts
more and more nursing services donít satisfy their clients.
Government is planning a fundamental reform of the nursing insurance. But this
will be realized earliest in 2007.
It is supposed
to be regulated by law that in all official buildings there have to be rises
which are handicapped accessible and elevators have to be wheelchair accessible.
Furthermore public transport is supposed to be easily usable for older of
It is important
to stand up for the older generation so these people can enjoy their evening of
life in peace and with dignity.