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Open Borders and Elderly Care

December 8, 2018

Donata is one of many thousands of middle-aged Polish women who work in Germany’s care industry. They travel to and fro between their work in Germany and their family in Poland.


The routine goes like this: Donata looks after the 80-year-old dementia patient Adolf Faulhammer in Baden-Württemberg for two to three months 24/7. Then she gets on the bus and travels for 16 hours to Czestochowa, not far from Krakow, where her husband and 19-year-old son await. She immediately takes over from her son and starts looking after her husband, who also needs intensive care. Non-stop caring in two countries. A report by Almut Maria Röhrl.