The federal government is adopting increasingly far-reaching measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The effects of the crisis are already being felt everywhere – including in the St. Martinus retirement home in Grevenbroich in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Pragmatism in a completely new situation
As in almost all institutions nationwide, visiting times have been strictly restricted. For Marika Radermacher this is not a problem at first. That's why you're not alone, says the 77-year-old. "It is not so tragic that the visit is restricted, so the roommates are very sociable and nice offers run here." The 89-year-old Heinz Schwarz is also unimpressed. "You are careful, but I'm not afraid. I adhere to hygiene accordingly and don't touch anything anywhere, and if I do, I'm also washing my hands. Everything as it should be .."
New challenges for care staff
Supervision assistant Manuela Surlemont has to adjust. It should keep a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters from the residents. She can no longer carry out her work as she is used to. "That is a limitation for everyone, both for the residents and for us. We have a situation, we all have to go through it, yes."
Help for the disabled is more difficult than ever
The situation in the area of disability assistance is becoming increasingly complicated. 28 people live in the St. Vitus house in Neuss. In some cases, the restrictions have far-reaching consequences: some residents rely on being close to other people for therapeutic reasons, others completely lose their ability to practice a daily routine, reports area manager Björn Segger. "It is really bad for them, because there is also a little bit of normality that you tried to bring in every day at work, which is even more cut off because you are only allowed to visit for one hour, for example, or if you visit, then only outside. " People with disabilities or chronic mental illness are also significantly more often affected by health complaints, said the institution. Special protective measures would have to be taken for them.