Austria’s first family day hospice is located in Leogang (Pinzgau). It started operations in June 2020. People with severe cancer can be cared for there during the day. One year after the opening, the need for care places in the Pinzgau community is enormous.
People with severe cancer from Pinzgau and the Tyrolean Oberland can be cared for during the day on Monday and Thursday in the Lebensraum day hospice in Leogang. A doctor, three nurses and trained mobile palliative workers who work on a voluntary basis take care of medical care.
Team of doctors, nurses and palliative staff
“Accompanying those affected on their way creates a quality of life for them. We are basically responsible for the joy of life. If I know that everything can be different tomorrow, then I will design my day completely differently – that motivates me. When I see people who have such a fate, I become even more aware of everything and I think carefully about how I spend my day, ”says Helene Mayr, head of operations in Pinzgau from the Hospice Movement in Salzburg.
Affected: “They give you the feeling that you are still human”
Allowing people to be human up to the last moment, being there for them and listening and ensuring medical care is what our employees want. They try to make every day a good day for dying people in the day hospice.
When Fred Gebesmaier speaks of the day hospice, he calls it “his paradise”. The 76-year-old from Saalfelden (Pinzgau) has lung cancer – he did not want to accept the diagnosis that he was out of therapy, or the advice to go to a hospice. “I said what should I do in a hospice – I don’t want to die. But now I’ve figured out that the offer here is wonderful. You get the feeling that you are still human, ”says Fred Gebesmaier.
Great demand for the Leogang day hospice
Austria’s first family day hospice is located in Leogang (Pinzgau). It started operations in June 2020 – around a year later, the need for care places is enormous.
“Working in the day hospice teaches you to organize your day consciously”
The care is a significant relief for the relatives and an important exchange also for the affected persons themselves. They look forward to each other and give each other support, ”says the volunteer hospice attendant Christine Seer. The hospice team in Leogang is to be expanded, volunteers are welcome at any time.