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Care 2020: New Options In Hamburg

Hamburg Health Authority presented the its new care and assistance strategy: more outpatient services, expansion of home care, and new residential and care forms in the neighbourhood

Hamburg will change in coming years: due to demographic change, there will be more older people living in the city, and thus a higher proportion of people requiring care. While care statistics registered almost 50,000 people with homecare in 2013, some 54,000 people are predicted for 2020, and even 62,000 for 2030. To meet these demands, the Board of Health and Consumer Protection (BGV) presented its new “Nursing Care Structure” framework planning for the years until 2020.

New Outpatient Services

Based on the framework planing, new forms of nursing and care, and particularly outpatient services, will be further developed and supported with up to three million euros. People with migrant background and people with dementia should be given special consideration. According to the Hamburg Health Authorit, the Hamburg State Care Committee approved of these plans.

Challenge of demographic change

“Hamburg will continue to see the influx of younger citizens over the next 15 years. Compared to many other cities in Germany, Hamburg will thus stay relatively young. But also in Hamburg, there will be more older people, and thus a significantly higher number of potential patients. For us, one of the challenges of demographic change therefore includes to expand care offers for larger numbers of people, and to secure a safe and good life also in old age”, says Cornelia Prüfer-Storck, Hamburg Minister of Health. “To succeed, we particularly need an expansion of home care, and new residential forms of care in the neighbourhood. Also, the demand for nurses will continue to rise. “The number of older people with migrant background will increase faster than the percentage of old people in the general public”, thus Prüfer-Storck.

“Also in 2020, care will be available and good in Hamburg, with each patient having the choice of several free places in nursing homes. However, we will have to expand alternative housing in old age and care offers in residential communities.”

Combination of Different Possibilities

New forms of nursing care such as neighbourhood care are key objectives of the new planning framework. By merging professional and volunteer offers, both security of supply as well as social participation will be guaranteed in Hamburg’s district, allowing patients to continue to live in their accustomed environment also in old age.

Shared Housing

Increasingly popular among elder citizens are flats and houses shared by several people, either of the same age group and bridging generations, while benefiting from Hamburg’s outpatient care service and offers. Over the past five years, the number of such communities increased from 14 to 33. In order to support projects for the care in the neighbourhood, the construction of residential care communities and the small-scale redesign of inpatient care facilities will be funded by up to three million euros in 2016.
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Nursing Care Planning: www.hamburg.de/bgv zur Verfügung.

source and further details:
Hamburg Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection
www.hamburg.de/bgv

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