Groundbreaking ceremony for Austria’s first ever children’s hospice

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On November 21st 2014 the groundbreaking ceremony for the “Hilde Umdasch House” took place in Amstetten, Lower Austria.

Named after its donor Hilde Umdasch, a new nursing home and palliative care centre for children and young adults with life-threatening diseases will be built. It is the first of its kind in Austria where children can stay, for years if necessary. The opening is planned for September 2015.

This “Hilde Umdasch House“ will provide living and caring services for ten residents with complex medical conditions in need of special care. The newly founded Malteser Children’s aid, a relief organization of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, will be a nonprofit association that will be responsible and operative within the facility.

The interdisciplinary team of the house will offer a broad spectrum of options for families with vulnerable ill children and young adults until the age of 25 years. Services offered will include: 

  • respite care
  • long-term care
  • short-term care
  • end-of-life care
  • care during family crisis (e.g. sickness of the caregiver)

Each resident will have his/her own room of 22 m² facing a wonderful garden. Furthermore, an indoor playground and community areas will be offered. Special features of the house include the two separated housing units for use by the parents, siblings or other relatives. They can be used if the parents want to stay with their loved ones during part of their stay at the “Hilde Umdasch House”.

The donor of the house, Hilde Umdasch, a successful Austrian entrepreneur invited members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, community and political representatives to the groundbreaking ceremony.

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