The equipment is used for gatherings and seminars offered to children and young people in hospice with a life-shortening illness. Most of the participants are severely handicapped and dependent on wheelchairs, braces, and other aids.
Since many of the events take place in ordinary conference facilities, the children require special equipment to be delivered.
The first big event after the purchase of the beds took place 4–7 June 2015 in Haltern am See when fifteen families with children in hospice met for a family seminar. The rooms in which the sick children were accommodated were equipped with nursing beds. This allowed the families to participate in the seminar and to experience four days of intensive exchange, creative projects, and a break from the everyday stresses of life.
The children took part in a workshop where they conducted small physical experiments with the help of volunteers and had other new experiences not normally available to them in everyday life.
In addition, a care room near the meeting spaces was equipped with a nursing bed to reduce the downtime caused by necessary care services and keep everyone involved as much as possible in the seminar.
Thankfully, the new suction pump did not need to be used on this occasion. It is used for children who are choking, but are unable to clear their airways due to issues they may have with breathing. Children with multiple severe disabilities are at a particular risk of choking. The suction pump gives everyone a greater sense of security and thus makes an important contribution to the overall well-being of the children and their parents.
About 20 multi-day hospice academy events are held each year to which children and young people with a life-shortening illness are invited participate. The beds and suction pump provided by the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation will be used at these events.