St. John takes stock

At the new year’s reception of the johanniter-unfall-hilfe (JUH), regionalverband oberfranken, at the johanniter-treff "unter den linden regional chairman darius gotsch looked ahead: "in 2017, we initiated many projects and achieved a lot, and we want to continue that. I am sure: 2018 will be our year." At the new year’s reception, which was also a thank-you for the support in the region, gotsch thanked everyone for the good cooperation: "what unites us is the goal of helping people."
The good annual balance sheet of the regional association of upper franconia is also reflected in figures: in 2017, for example, almost 3,000 participants were trained in first aid courses, and the driving service covered over 5,300,000 kilometers to take people in upper franconia to the specialist, to the rehabilitation clinic or to the hospital.
Around 700 customers now use the johanniter home emergency call service, and the signs are also pointing to growth in the care sector. In 2015, the social station started with ten full-time employees and cared for 40 clients. In the meantime, the number of employees has risen to nearly 30, who care for 100 clients per month. In addition to nursing and care, the team from schlusselfeld has also been offering escort services to doctors or shopping since 2017.


This year, the johannitern have new projects lined up again. Following the move of the schlusselfeld fire department to the new fire station, the johanniter rescue station can be expanded. The former fire department building will be redesigned for this purpose. "It is a pity that the fire department is moving out of the building and will no longer be close to its colleagues, but it is an important step for us. In the new rescue station, not only will the spatial situation improve, but our call-out times will also improve, for example", said head of the rescue service andreas dennert. In 2017, the team of the rescue station went out on more than 11400 emergency rescues and transported more than 1500 sick people.
The planned housing complex in schlusselfeld is also being pushed forward: the basic idea behind the johanniter housing complex is "as much independence as possible, as much support as desired" linked to the goal of creating housing for the elderly that is geared to their needs and can be adapted to their housing needs through modular construction. The residents will be able to use JUH services, but there will also be day care and short-term care places.
And also at the venue of the new year’s reception, the johanniter-treff, the offer is to be expanded. Yvonne wagner, the new director of the meeting center, and her team of about 20 volunteers, have a lot of plans: "we want to offer more day trips in the future. We are also planning a pick-up and drop-off service to make it easier for elderly people to visit the meeting place, for example."

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