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Lifelong Learning

 EUROPA PRO.HOSPIZ 

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PARTNERSHIPS

 

  

Between 2009-2011

  

  The Christian Foundation Diakonia is partner in the following project

European Exchange for Training of Multiplicators and Trainers

 for the Recruitment and Qualification of Volunteers in Hospice Work

 

GRU -09-P-LP-80- CJ-DE

  

 

Coordinator of the projects

Germany - Diakonisches Werk in der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Baden e.V.  

 

Partners

Romania - Christian Foundation Diakonia

Greece – Evangelical Church of German Language in Thessaloniki

 

  

Project Report March 2010

 

Greece lacks a social system which is in charge of supporting the terminantly ill and providing assistance for the mourning familiy members. Romania has already undertaken the first staps in this area, nevertheless, the palliative care provided focuses on a mere medical care (improving patients’ quality of life and controlling the sympthoms). It ensures psycho-emotional support for family members and counselling regarding the daily care necessitie of their ill relatives. This service is provided by specialist in medicin and social work.The hospice movement in Germany is meant to complement/amend the palliative care and is based excusively on the involvment/engagement of volunteers. The German partner has got large experience in hospice care and is willing to share its example of „good practice” in order to facilitate/advance the setting-up of the first hospice structures in the partner states.

 

The diversity of religions and traditions may cause difficulties in the process of transplating the german model, reason why the project incorporates study visits. These aim for the partners to become acquainted with the specific country-related elements of each other.

 

The objective of the fisrt four activities is to outline the concept of the project and is basically structured into 3 learning units of 6 day each. 16 learners from Romania, 4 from Germany and 7 from Greece are going to attend these courses.

 

Furthermore, through the project entitled “EuropA Pro.Hospiz” the partners wish to draw up a guide in three languages for the training of multiplicators and trainers for the recruitment and qualification of volunteers in hospice work, who are willing to be engaged into this service on a long term.

The project is to end with a closing confernce held in Cluj Napoca.

 

 

 


 

 

Project Report July 2010

 

The central aim of the project is to establish a learning partnership among the involved institutions. This has the purpose to facilitate the functioning of a social system to support people at the end of their life.

The project partners have the opportunity to get acquainted with the advantages of the German hospice movement. During the project period the German partner will share its own experience but will also have the chance to learn from the good practices existing in Romania and Greece. The exchange of experiences will take place within the frame of a training structured in three learning modules. At this will participate a large number of learners: 16 from Romania, 5 from Germany and 7 from Greece.

 

In the period 17-22 June 2010 we participated in the 5th meeting of the project, which took place in Karlsruhe and Ettlingen, Germany. This incorporated also the first learning module for future multiplicators. At the end of the project these will be able to recruit and train volunteers for the hospice work. Before assisting people in the terminal phase of life each volunteer has to attend a basic course.

 

The following topics were discussed at this first learning module:

  • the history of the German hospice-movement;
  • the support provided to dying persons (experiences with death, mourning, needs and expectations of patients and their relatives, stages and dimensions of dying);
  • family structures;
  • the stages of mourning and prevailing rituals related to it in the partner countries.

We could all come to the conclusion that the German model is based upon a well-developed institutionalized social system which meets all the needs of people being in the terminal phase of their life. Furthermore, the German hospice movement is built exclusively on voluntary work.

During our visit in Germany we met representatives of the hospice work in Ettlingen and were all convinced by the importance of the volunteers’ presence at the beds of the dying. However we also noticed the rather negative side of an excessively developed system. The German society supports the elderly, the sick as well as their relatives in an exaggerated manner, thus destroying the basic assistance which should function in every family. 

 

 

In the period 22-27 July 2010 the 6th meeting was held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, making possible the second learning module for the future multiplicators.

As a follow-up of the previous learning session, the following topics were covered now:

  • communication with dying persons;
  • coordinating group processes;
  • recruiting and maintaining volunteers.

The participants visited the two nursing homes administrated by our foundation and got acquainted with our palliative home care service provided by a multidisciplinary team made up by doctors, medical assistants, nurses and social workers.

Benefitting from the adequate atmosphere and a sometimes informal setting, we succeeded in approaching the topic of death and came to the conclusion that each society urgently needs to assume its responsibility for the elderly, the sick and the terminally ill.

Due to the presence of participant ranging from 25 to 75 years the group had a very special characteristic. This fact didn’t impose any obstacle in discussing the core topic, which is one that preoccupies all of us.

During these meetings a course material was drafted which will serve as the baseline for the training of the volunteers to be involved in the hospice work.

We may declare that the cooperation among the partners has been very effective and the activities so far did also meet our expectations.

  

 

Dr. Arthur Sarosi – project responsible at the Christian Foundation Diakonia, Cluj-Napoca