Interview of Fr. Martin Trieb O.S.B. with Fr. Gérard T. Lagleder O.S.B.

What can you do with the AIDS patients to give them purpose and keep them occupied?

One could ask, what sense does it make to admit a terminal patient to the Hospice, who is in the final stages of AIDS and do little more than pain control and waiting for his death. Firstly it is our experience that patients who came to us in an absolutely miserable condition, where one really thought that they would die within the next few days, frequently improved when they received the correct medication, pain killers and especially, if indicated, Tuberculostatics and antibiotics against other infectious diseases. We made the experience that many patients improved tremendously, even so far that patients could be discharged home again. Although they still suffer from AIDS, they felt so well, that they did not have to be inpatients in a hospice any longer, but were able to return to their own families again.

Why is it necessary that we make occupational therapy with them? For example that we play with them, talk with them, that we just want to create a family atmosphere here? We do not want to appear like a hospital. Our house has a family atmosphere, where we sing together, dance together, eat together, spend our day together in a very normal way, as it would happen in a family setting. In so far this occupational therapy is a very important task, it also prevents the patients from just lying in bed and waiting for death. It also helps to occupy their thoughts, to make them realise “My last days, weeks or months are not just waiting for death, but it is a life filled with aims.” If we succeed in this, to make the people living the last days and weeks of their lives as worthwhile as possible, then, I think, we have fulfilled a very important mission.

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