Seniors with a wheelchair, about dts
Seniors with a wheelchair, about dts

Carers in corona crisis often overwhelmed

Caring relatives often feel overwhelmed in the corona crisis.

This is the result of a study by the Center for Quality in Nursing and the Berlin Charité, about which the FAZ (Tuesday edition) reports. According to this, 32 percent of the respondents stated that the care situation had deteriorated due to Corona.

29 percent reported increasing helplessness and 22 percent increasing despair. At the peak of the corona crisis, almost one in four was worried that home care would no longer be possible. At the time of the nationwide lockdown, the researchers surveyed 1.000 caregivers. The study also shows why relatives have come under so much pressure.

According to this, 81 percent of the respondents stated that the usual support from a day care facility due to Corona had suddenly disappeared; 39 percent also report that other health care providers, such as medical foot care, have stopped working. According to Kordula Schulz-Asche, the spokeswoman for the Greens' parliamentary group in the Bundestag, it is “fatal” if the nursing support offers cease to exist. The relatives would then suddenly be left without help. "That is why we are campaigning for carers and relatives to receive reliable financial compensation with the Corona care allowance if childcare and support services are no longer available due to the pandemic," Schulz-Asche told the FAZ. The chairman of the health committee in the Bundestag, Erwin Rüddel (CDU), also spoke in favor of such a solution.

"I can imagine a wage replacement benefit for nursing," Rüddel told the FAZ. However, this should only apply during a pandemic. The care representative of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Heike Baehrens, referred to improvements that had already been decided. In mid-May, the Bundestag decided that relatives can stay at home for up to 20 working days in order to reorganize the care for those in need of care. So far, the nursing allowance has been available for a maximum of ten days.

But that's not all. "We urgently need more offers in the area of ​​short-term care," said Baehrens of the FAZ. "Caring relatives often have a great responsibility for the health and the emotional and social situation of their relatives in need of care," said Ralf Suhr, head of the Center for Quality in Care. The foundation is closely associated with the Association of Private Health Insurance. The director of the Institute for Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Science at the Charité in Berlin, Adelheid Kuhlmey, is not surprised that the care of dementia patients in particular has caused problems.

"Changes and stress, which are now increasing, are having a negative impact on people with dementia," she said. In addition, many people with dementia often do not understand the additional hygiene rules, which is particularly stressful for caring relatives.

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