A new house with a modern elderly care structure - the Käthe-Kollwitz-Haus scored two points in 1995. For the Johanneswerk, it was the start of residential group concepts and thus a new generation of inpatient care for the elderly.
The 25th anniversary cannot be celebrated due to the corona pandemic and the resulting restrictions. However, house manager Vera Lehmkuhl and her team are confident that this will be made up for.
The geriatric care facility on Rudolf-Virchow-Straße had a predecessor: the Gustav-Adolf-Haus. Built in 1955 as a dormitory for young refugees, it offered accommodation for those who had been given a job or training place in Bocholt. At that time, the Johanneswerk had already built a 'multi-purpose house' that could also be used differently
The building on Herzogstrasse was soon dedicated to an old people's and nursing home that existed until 1995 and, after an expansion, offered space for 70 people in need of help. The property then no longer met the legal requirements for a stationary old-age facility, so that the diaconal institution had a new building built as a replacement.
The planning architect grouped the rooms around a living and dining room, in which the residents were given space for their own furniture. The residential groups comprise the manageable number of twelve to 14 people.
On the ground floor, directly behind the entrance, the planner planned the so-called 'market hall' under a glass roof dome - a central meeting place for residents and a place for events of very different occasions.
Housing group concept - the term was a milestone in geriatric care at the time. It stood for a plus in a homely atmosphere and promotion of community life. The experts also supported this facility structure for people with dementia.
The building and the given framework have proven themselves in recent years. And the support concepts and offers have been continuously developed by the specialists. For example with 'Käthes Treff', in which people with dementia are looked after on an hourly basis up to five days a week. With an open offer of a lunch table for the living environment of the facility. With Flix / Flex short-term care places that have been sprinkled into the residential groups.
In times of Corona, the Käthe-Kollwitz team had to accept the restrictions. The 120 employees, including full-time and part-time employees, use small promotions, offers and surprising experiences to ensure that the residents have variety - inside and outside. Music events and special gestures by Bocholt citizens prove that the Käthe-Kollwitz-Haus has a permanent place in the consciousness of the population in the 25th year of its existence.