Palliative care

Our mission is to provide the people entrusted to us to look after them with a holistic palliative care concept, which enables them to die in a familiar environment, attended by nurses and care assistants they know. We do our utmost to avoid any unwanted hospitalisation in the final stage of life.

Palliative end-of-life care focuses on the wishes and needs of the dying person. Respecting their wishes is our first priority. Close relatives and caregivers are involved in both palliative care and the care process.

Advance health planning

Our palliative care concept begins well before the actual end-of-life phase.

Once they feel well settled in, all our residents are invited to take part in advance health planning for the final stage of their lives. This is aimed at drafting a value-based living will that enables care and assistance to be given according to the values, wishes and needs of the resident and to their current health situation. Their wishes with regard to treatment in acute emergencies as well as to conditions involving a temporary or permanent inability to consent can thus be discussed and fixed with the designated palliative care professionals.

The offer of advance health planning is voluntary and may be accepted, declined or postponed to a later date by the resident.

Holistic palliative care

Geriatric residents need comprehensive holistic care. In our residences, we use curative, rehabilitative and palliative approaches. Many geriatric residents benefit from our holistic palliative care concept for several months or even years.

The further a disease progresses or the closer the resident comes to the end of their life, the greater the emphasis on the hospice and palliative care approach, which includes effective measures and means of alleviating pain and other severe symptoms.

Psychosocial and spiritual support

As part of our hospice and palliative care, psychosocial support is provided by trained professionals, hospice assistants from local hospice associations and voluntary end-of-life caregivers.

A key element of our culture-sensitive care concept is the freedom to follow religious practices and cultural customs in the final phase of life. Spiritual support can be provided by ecumenical or denominational pastors from the residence or the respective religious community.

All our residences practise their own farewell and mourning rituals. This farewell culture includes immediate notification of family members in case of death according to the wishes of the deceased.

Strong partners

Along with our professional palliative care team, MÜNCHENSTIFT is an active and committed member of the Hospiz- und Palliativnetzwerk München and active member of the palliative geriatrics working group.

Important cooperation partners in palliative care and palliative-geriatric counselling are the hospice associations DaSein and Christophorus Hospiz-Verein, which support us with voluntary end-of-life caregivers and conceptual advice. Representatives of MÜNCHENSTIFT and the hospice associations maintain a mutual cooperation on providing lecturers for further training courses.