Wiesbaden (dpa / lhe) - With a silent demonstration, the social association VdK Hessen-Thüringen drew attention to the needs of caring relatives. At the "demo without people" on Wednesday on the Wiesbaden market square, 70 signs showed quotes with problems, demands and wishes of those affected from Hesse. "Anyone who cares has no time to take to the streets and demonstrate," said VdK state chairman Paul Weimann.
The aim of the campaign is to give the carers a voice, because there is far too little support for them. "The largest nursing service in Germany takes place at home. And here there is an urgent need for relief," said Weimann.
According to the VdK, more than 80 percent of the approximately 320,000 people in need of care in Hesse are cared for at home. For the caring relatives, the social association calls for an expansion of advisory services and the introduction of a care leave of up to three years. During this time, carers should also be financially secure, analogous to the regulations for parental leave and parental allowance. In addition, care periods should be taken more into account in the pension.