Kinder- und Jugendhospiz Balthasar

Maria-Theresia-Str. 30a, 57462 Olpe

Telephone +49 2761 9265-40
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Children’s hospice - A shelter along the way

Balthasar children’s hospice – a place to live and laugh, to die and grieve

“Your child is terminally ill; there is nothing we can do for your child.” A diagnosis like this means a huge change for the family. Every year, more than 4000 children in Germany are diagnosed with life-shortening conditions. These conditions affect the whole family and very often lead to a feeling of overload and collapse – nothing will ever be the same again. Caring for the diseased child is the first priority and, at the same time, everything else becomes less important.

Very often months, sometimes even years, pass between the diagnosis and the death of a child. This time is also very exhausting for both the child’s parents and siblings. In order to provide support for the families, Balthasar was set up in September 1998 as Germany’s first children’s hospice.

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Young adults’ hospice

Life without a future – This is what young adults with life-shortening conditions have to face, but still want to make the most of.

Being terminally ill means becoming more and more dependent on the support of others – a contradiction to what young adults usually strive for, and thus an enormous burden.

Balthasar young adults’ hospice wants to support young adults to maintain as much normality as possible despite their limitations.

Our highest priority is to maintain the young adults’ quality of life!

Balthasar was Germany’s first young adults’ hospice, opening in 2009.

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At Balthasar we focus on caring for the children with life-shortening conditions. They very often have to deal with intense pain and the loss of physical or mental abilities, while becoming more and more dependent on support and care by others. Balthasar children’s hospice wants to be a home from home for the child and family. We accept children from birth to the age of 18 and offer 24/7 care by our experienced and qualified team from a range of professional backgrounds (such as children’s nurses, carers and nursery nurses).

At Balthasar we also support the parents, for instance by allowing them to take a rest while our team cares for their child. Furthermore, parents always find someone to talk to about their concerns and grief – either someone from our team, or other parents who are in a similar situation. This helps them to cope with the condition and loss of their child.

Siblings of a child with life-shortening conditions also have to face a difficult and burdensome situation: They have to be considerate of their brother or sister, deal with deprivations of several kinds and are confronted with death and bereavement at a very early stage in life. Our team offers several age-appropriate activities for the siblings only and allows them to talk about grief and worries, but also to just have a really good time.

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About us

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As with hospices for adults, the basic principles for children’s hospices have been taken from Great Britain. We have adopted and refined the British concept. The world’s first children’s hospice (Helen House in Oxford, England) has been opened in 1982. Since then more than 40 children’s hospices have been set up and connected in Great Britain.

In 1990, some German families whose children suffered from life-shortening conditions founded the “Deutscher Kinderhospizverein e.V.” (German Children’s Hospice Association). This association offers a nationwide ambulant support from diagnosis of the illness onwards.

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