Ambulanter Kinder- und Jugendhospizdienst Bärenherz (outpatient hospice service for children and adulescents)

  • By Andreas Lehmann · Leipzig Hub, Europe

 

Andreas Lehmann

Main aim of the charity

The main aim of the outpatient hospice service is to accompany incurable children (also newborn and adolescents) and their families from the time of diagnosis of the illness. I spent time with the two kids at their homes (regularly every 2 weeks): play with them (read books out, offer them contact and experiences with toys and different helping materials in a playful manner) go with them in their wheelchairs for a walk or to the playground, sometimes to accompany them with their parents to appointments, for example to the pediatrist, be a companion during a regular encounter in their freetime.

How the employee got involved and why

I started this volunteering in 2011 after the completion of the compulsory 8-month-training-course (75 hours theory, 25 hours practice).

What work does the employee do for charity?

I engage voluntarily in the outpatient hospice service for children and adolescents at the Kinderhospiz Bärenherz Leipzig (children's hospice). I accompany two families, especially the two kids, who are meanwhile grown up to teenagers but are incurable ill, multiple severely disabled, and according to statistics have a bad chance to reach adult age.

 
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