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Outreach to Elderly Persons in Essen, Germany

Caring for elderly persons in Essen, Germany, is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.

In Essen, Germany, Sister Maria Hohenadl is involved with caring for older persons in the city.

This past summer, Sister Maria completed her first year of work with “Katholischen Pflegehilfe” (Catholic Care Help) – an organization providing care for elderly persons. With 350 co-workers, she has grown in her connections to people and different groups with similar goals. She says, “A year ago, all the faces and names were new…the whole network we call the Health Systems is no longer a labyrinth in which I wonder how to proceed.”

Sister Maria was grateful to take part in a training course for care management. She reflects, “It has given me insight into the workings of health insurances and social security systems. It was especially helpful in my work of visiting people at home. Their problems are usually with the health insurance, endless papers to fill out, no money to pay the necessary bills, or perhaps nobody to talk to.”

She adds, “It is good to know what road to take to help solve a problem. Sometimes what is needed is a human being to listen to the woes in life. I must say, I do enjoy it.”

December 15, 2010