Palliativteam Hochtaunus was formed in 2013. Founding team members Elisabeth Lohmann and Dr. Robert Gaertner launched Palliativteam Hochtaunus as the first ‘specialised outpatient palliative care’ (SAPV) and holistic support services operating in the Hochtaunus district.
Legislation supports provision of a dedicated palliative team for every 250,000 inhabitants. Ten to twenty percent of all seriously ill and life-limited patients need SAPV care due to complex symptoms that require multidisciplinary care interventions.
For many people, the term palliative care is associated only with ‘dying’ and ‘death’ and conjures up fear and uncertainty. The word “palliative” comes from the Latin word "pallium" (cover, camouflage, relieve). Palliative care focuses on maintaining the quality of life by alleviating physical symptoms, respecting and protecting dignity, and providing psychosocial and spiritual support until the end of life.
We work as a multidisciplinary team, because terminally ill patients and their families have a wide variety of symptoms and end-of-life concerns that cannot be sufficiently addressed by one single medical profession.
For us, patients are more than their illness. Everyone is first and foremost a person with individual strengths too. We want to recognize these strengths, as well as respond to the particular needs of each person’s illness. We always take time to talk with patients and understand their current situation and needs. This creates an atmosphere that does not focus solely on their illness. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, patient and care givers alike, and we make it a point to exchange with patients on equal terms.
Suffering and stress can be shared with us and thereby lessened. We affirm life and see dying as a natural process. Maintaining a patient’s dignity while ensuring their specific wishes are respected is of utmost importance in everything we do.