The green sliding shutters shine from afar on the white facade of the new BRK home in etzelskirchen. The modern architecture of the building, designed by herzogenaurach architect stefan quandt with ten residential units, blends harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. On the outskirts of hochstadt, however, this time it was not a normal multi-family house that was built, but a forward-looking project. A separate dormitory for prospective nurses of the senior citizens’ home in ezzilostrabe.
"It took less than a year from the groundbreaking ceremony to today’s inauguration", proudly reports hans-peter lechner of the VR-bank erlangen-hochstadt-herzogenaurach. The chairman of the BRK district association erlangen-hochstadt and CSU member of parliament stefan muller emphasized in his welcoming speech that this is a showpiece of a special kind. It is not enough to build new nursing homes if there are not enough nurses available. "Due to the increasingly aging population, we must invest in the future today. We need affordable housing so that we can offer young people in particular, who often come from poorer areas of europe and africa, a long-term perspective to stay if they choose to become nurses."
Following the moving words of the protestant pastor hans-friedrich schafer, the new residential home was blessed by pastor kilian kammer on the roof terrace of the building, against the autumnal backdrop of the nearby forest.
Mayor gerald brehm (JL), who in april 2019 had responded unbureaucratically and quickly to the BRK district association’s request to build a home of this kind, praised in his speech the good cooperation with all those involved in the project. "We have been given an opportunity here to honor one of the most important professions of all, the nursing profession." Addressing the two nurses present, he emphasized: "we hope to be able to contribute a little to making you feel at home with us."
Short distances, favorable rent
Ayla B. From bosnia and marko R. From croatia were already able to move into one of the ten apartments in mid september and share a furnished unit consisting of three rooms with a kitchen/living area and bathroom. "We now have short commutes to work at the nearby BRK nursing home and don’t need a car", ayla is pleased. An apartment in the WG costs nine euros per square meter, and that is a special offer in the area, he says.
Inexpensive apartments are often not located on the main public transportation routes, and that is a problem especially in the two-shift system, explained beate ulonska, BRK district manager, and her deputy jan pyschny. The main problem is to find enough caregivers for etzels churches. Apprentices receive a 1200-euro bonus in the first year of their three-year training program. But without available housing, there would be little demand, despite the 2000-euro welcome bonus and the increase in salaries in the nursing profession.
A roof terrace for all
Ulonska thanked the mayor for the quick realization of her idea. "Despite difficult phases and corona, everyone involved in the project has remained healthy." She wished the new residents a pleasant stay in the dormitory, even if the housing units do not have their own balconies. From the roof terrace, which can be used jointly, there is a wonderful view of the natural surroundings of the aischgrund region. All ten residential units to be occupied by the end of february.