The Hochtaunus palliative care team has been in existence since July 2013. With the founding of the team by Dr. Elisabeth Lohmann and Dr. Robert Gaertner, it was possible to ensure a separate "Specialized Ambulatory Palliative Care (SAPV)" in the Hochtaunus district.
Why a new palliative care team?
Only one palliative care team per 250.000 residents
Legislation provides one palliative care team for every 250.000 residents. 10 - 20 percent of all seriously ill and dying patients need SAPV because they have symptoms that are difficult to treat.
For many people, the word palliative is exclusively associated with "dying" and "death" and thus with many uncertainties and fears. Palliative is traced back to the Latin word "pallium" (to cover, camouflage, alleviate). Thus, the focus of palliative care is on the preservation of the quality of life by alleviating physical symptoms, by respecting and protecting dignity, and by offering psychosocial support and spiritual guidance until the end of life.
We act as a multi professional team because seriously ill and dying patients and their relatives have a wide range of complaints and problems in the last phase of their lives, and thus a high level of stress, which cannot be alleviated or solved by a single professional group.
In memory and gratitude
Dr. Elisabeth Lohmann and Dr. Robert Gaertner founded the Hochtaunus palliative care team with incredible dedication, heart and soul, and passion. Many hurdles had to be overcome to achieve this. The most important goal was to improve palliative care for seriously ill people and to work together with all those involved in the best possible way for the benefit of the patients.
General practitioner, palliative medicine