A place for a special temporary community
Although we were not able to see the facial expressions of the approx. 100 guests due to the coronavirus-related mask requirement, we were able to see their friendly and, above all, happy eyes. This is because the hospice at the Israelite Hospital Hamburg was able to reopen after a closure due to construction work on the 2nd floor of the larger addition to the Orchideenstieg 12 building, which subsequently also houses ward extensions, doctors’ surgeries and further administrative areas. After the interim closure of the hospice lasting around 1 ½ years, guests and their relatives can once again spend the last phase of their lives in the new facilities, where they can enjoy the highest possible quality of life in a pleasant environment with attention, care, professional nursing and medically competent support during this phase of their lives, as appropriate to the circumstances. Our idea and planning aspiration was to provide a hospice with much more than just palliative care, but rather to create a place for the guests and their relatives as well as the hospice staff that is more like a home, a meeting place, a place of communication – and at the same time a place of retreat. A hospice should be a place for a special temporary community, and we are very pleased that this was so positively echoed as a success by the participants during and after the small group tours of the new facilities.
Many thanks to Mr Warburg, President of the Board of Trustees of the Israelite Hospital Hamburg, and Mr Jahn, Managing Director of the hospice and Commercial Manager of the Israelite Hospital Hamburg, for the words of praise regarding the special commitment of the entire euroterra team involved in the project. We are very pleased that the planning and all-round management of this project during the construction phase represented much more than a mere “service” both for the principal and for us, but that trust, heart and soul and empathy for the matter and the people who will occupy the space in the future were perceived in such a mutual way and thus contributed to the successful realisation of this project.
How nice that, in addition to the heart and soul of those involved, the “Herz room” also received a special mention during the reopening ceremony. The “pre-heaven” or “garden room”, as we called it during the planning and construction phase, was dedicated by Mr Jahn to the donor Mrs Herz, whom we would also like to thank very much for her generous support. This “Herz room” will give guests, relatives and staff an unobstructed view and, with the windows open, the feeling of being amongst nature from now on.