In this training programme, we pursue three strategies:
- Restoration of functions
- Compensation for lost functions by substitution strategies
- Modification of living arrangements and behaviour patterns to reduce the impairment
We also involve family members in the care. They, too, need to learn and understand how they can best support the patient and take on jobs for him or her. It can take many conversations and consultations to show sufferers and their families how a good life is still possible, even with a disability.
Many patients come to us following surgery or accidents. The main focus is on pain relief, improvement of mobility, stamina, coordination and motor functions as well as on support in coping with secondary symptoms. For example, our nurses are responsible for teaching newly diagnosed diabetes patients how to inject themselves, and for diabetes training in general.
Our work experience students and young men on civilian national service drive or accompany patients to their treatments and meals, and give them a general helping hand whenever necessary.