Since 2004, the Munich Ambulant Children’s Hospice Foundation (AKM) has been caring for families with critically and terminally ill unborn babies, new-borns, children, adolescents, and adults critically and terminally ill unborn babies, new-borns, children, adolescents, and adults as well as critically ill parents living with their children. The full-time and voluntary staff look after and accompany patients from diagnosis, through treatments, and beyond. They relieve families in these extremely trying psychological and physical situations and support them via a professional team of doctors, psychologists, social pedagogues, midwives, and nurses. Moving Child especially supports three projects of the foundation: 1) RUF24 (crisis intervention service), 2) therapy costs, and 3) children funerals. In addition, the AKM Foundation offers other helpful and supportive projects, such as outpatient hospice work, aftercare projects (e.g. meetings with those affected, creative offers and mourning groups) and advice for relatives. But also “heart’s wishes” (a project that fulfils special wishes), sibling days, and holidays for the whole family are supported by the AKM Foundation. All of these offers allow critically ill children, adolescents, young adults and their families moments of emotional security, comfort, and a short return to normalcy.

A (future) project of the AKM that is slowly taking shape is particularly interesting: “House ANNA”. House ANNA is a inpatient children’s hospice that aims to close the gap between outpatient and inpatient care.

House ANNA consists of three modules:

  1. (Partial) in-patient day and night hospice for children and young people, i.e., regular care of young patients during the day, spontaneously by the hour, if necessary, as well as regularly at night and over the weekend. In addition, a fully inpatient children’s hospice service in two family apartments to care for the whole family in special circumstances.
  2. Center for outpatient care: Nursing advice and specialist advice for caring relatives, socio-medical and participation-oriented aftercare, outpatient children’s hospice work with constant availability through 24/7 crisis intervention (RUF24).
  3. Young people living in shared flats (still in conception).

While fully inpatient facilities represent a temporary alternative to outpatient care and relieve families of everyday life, semi-inpatient offers are always a complementary relief in everyday life. The semi-stationary area thus supports the parents in coping with everyday life. The opening of four houses is planned, whereby the first house ANNA (in Eichendorf, Lower Bavaria) is already under construction and is scheduled to open in summer 2023. Moving Child supports  house ANNA in Eichendorf with a generous financial donation for the interior design and equipment.

Read more about the project in our blog.

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