Gülsultan Öztürk has taken over the management of the “Am Wiesengrund” nursing home in Grasbrunn. She is now struggling with the restrictions that Corona still entails for homes and with the lack of staff.
The senior center “Am Wiesengrund” in Grasbrunn has had a new facility manager since December 1st. 55-year-old Gülsultan Öztürk has succeeded Eike Klien, who has run the private home with 84 beds for the past six years. Klien’s wife Katrin, who will now act as deputy, is said to be at Öztürk’s side. “It’s an attempt at dual leadership,” says Katrin Klien. As a former housekeeping manager at the senior center, she can support Öztürk with her many years of experience. From now on, her husband will take over the regional management of the six facilities of ASB Casa-Vital GmbH, which in addition to the home in Grasbrunn also has locations in Würzburg, Feuchtwangen, Traunstein, Munich and Wolfratshausen. Eike Klien is currently also the interim manager at the Wolfratshausen site until someone is found. “However, the market is not exactly overcrowded,” says Katrin Klien. This is due to the corona pandemic. “The facility managers were very shaken.”
Under the new management, a breath of fresh air should come into the house again. Because during the Corona period, a lot was paralyzed. “The pandemic was exhausting and psychologically stressful. Both for the employees and for the residents,” says Klien. The residents were only able to receive a few visits from relatives. The staff was often scarce due to corona diseases. At times, Katrin and Eike Klien even had to look after the residents themselves because so many employees were absent. “Of course we scored afterwards,” said Klien. And facilities such as the senior center cannot yet completely do without protective measures. The mask requirement and distance regulations still prevail in the house.
“It’s finally a step back to normality”
“Nevertheless, a lot has been done in these two years to ensure that the residents don’t feel lonely,” says Öztürk, who had worked as a trainee at the Grasbrunn senior center since September 15 before taking over the management. And then there are a few tentative relaxations in the senior center: Hartmut Lilge, for example, the chairman of the association, is happy to be back in the building for a meeting after a two-year break. “It’s finally a step back to normality,” he says. Since the house was founded twelve years ago, there has also been a support association that has set itself the task of making life in the senior center more beautiful and varied. In return, the association usually supports the house financially with events and purchases, such as a special lighting system that better regulates the day-night rhythm of the seniors. But during the corona pandemic, the club’s activities were also suspended. That should change in the future. “Because we want to get back to where we were before,” said Lilge. Among other things, the club wants to find sponsors for this, who in return receive advertising opportunities in the house.
The visitor café should also open again on Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in order to offer the residents a little variety. “But we need staff for all of this,” says Klien, and immediately includes an appeal. “We are grateful for anyone who would like to come by for just an hour or two and engage with the residents,” says Klien.