The Neue Kupferhof is a very special place and is unique in many ways.
This is confirmed by the comments of some of our nurses on the question of why they work in the Neue Kupferhof or what constitutes the work in the Neue Kupferhof.
I find it nice to be able to support the parents of our guest children with special needs, so that they can take a breather and recharge their batteries. Here, I can satisfy the basic needs of the children and get a lot back in return, such as the gratitude of the parents, the parent´s joy of seeing us again, and also of the guest children, especially if they have been guests at the Kupferhof several times.
I am fascinated by the non-verbal communication with the children with special needs, which we use in order to recognise and interpret their requests and basic needs. I enjoy using and perfecting this ability every day.
For all that, I do like to take a long journey to work. My journey to work and back is 76 kilometres [47 miles] each way.
I find the work here in the Neue Kupferhof more meaningful than, for example, in hospitals, because there is much more time here to apply what you have learned.
Here at Neue Kupferhof, you are much closer to the patients and their families, and the contact is much closer.
(still in training to become a nurse)
I chose the Neue Kupferhof for my student assignment because the concept of the Kupferhof appealed to me. I have learned a lot here.
Here, at the Neue Kupferhof we usually have, depending on the disability of the guest child, care in a ratio of 2:1. This gives you a lot of time for the child entrusted to your care. It is not the "full and clean" - principle which applies, but that you have time to play and time to do things, so that the individual child has fun.
I find it fantastic working with these special children.
No differences are made here between the different illnesses of the guest children: they all have the same value.
It is possible to respond very individually to the child that you care for here.
The Neue Kupferhof is a unique place where you can help our guest children with special needs to have a good time, as well as their parents and siblings.
Here, you are surrounded by many nice people, guests and colleagues.
I appreciate the constant challenge of looking after new guest children. No week is like the other. And that's great!
A good atmosphere, warm-heartedness, openness, appreciation, acceptance from each other, freedom from being judged by others ... These are keywords which I associate with the Neue Kupferhof and which make up this unique place.
The fantastic location of the facility in the middle of the countryside makes it possible to go outside with the children who have special needs at any time, to have fun outside with the children and colleagues.
Every day you learn new things, with each other and from each other.
You can feel the harmony in this house. A harmony that is radiated by all who enter and leave here.
I am very grateful to be able to take part here.