When people in old age are in need of care, and life in the trusted surroundings is no longer possible, then the spatial change frequently means a considerable turning point in personal life circumstances. Many older people understandably fear that the change can simultaneously be the end of a self-determined life and the beginning of helplessness, incomprehension and isolation. The Theodor Fliedner Foundation desires to show that does not always have to be the case and that the last years of life can be experienced differently when the basis for interaction between residents and caregivers rests on mutual esteem and partnership with equal rights. The daily course of life is designed by the residents themselves. All dwellings can be furnished individually with one's own furniture and personal belongings.
As a rule it is also possible to keep pets. The residents determine when they wish to get up or go to bed. The residents determine whether they want to continue providing for themselves. There are no fixed visiting hours. Everyone determines themselves who comes when to visit. We put great value on integrating concepts of living with easily comprehensible dwelling units. Several small dwellings are therefore assigned community rooms. There is also no artificial separation of living and nursing areas. When the physical state deteriorates, a repeated relocation to a nursing ward is not necessary.