The Free State of Bavaria has a considerable interest in high-quality hospice and palliative care for the population in Bavaria. By establishing a demand-oriented and comprehensive supply of inpatient hospice places, the aim is to ensure that seriously ill and dying people with a far advanced, incurable and life-limiting illness, for which (inpatient) hospital treatment is not necessary but outpatient treatment is not possible, receive the best possible palliative medical and palliative nursing care. The focus of the tasks, in accordance with the will of the affected people and their relatives, is the monitoring of a necessary pain therapy, symptom control and palliative nursing, psychosocial and spiritual care and support.
Inpatient hospices are independent facilities outside of acute inpatient care with special tasks and an independent care mandate. They are small facilities with a family character, usually with 8 to a maximum of 16 hospice places, whereby the spatial design of the facility is to be geared to the special needs of seriously ill dying people. Inpatient hospices are structurally, organizationally and economically independent facilities with separate staff and concept due to their care mission. An inpatient hospice cannot be part of an inpatient care facility.
There is no legal entitlement to investment cost funding for the construction and equipping of inpatient hospices. The Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care grants the sponsor or operator of the inpatient hospice, without legal obligation and within the limits of available funds, upon application, subsidies (grants) towards the eligible expenses in accordance with the general budgetary provisions.
Beneficiaries are sponsors or operators of an inpatient hospice to whom the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Bayerischen Krankenkassen- und Pflegeverbände in Bayern (ARGE) (Working Group of Bavarian Health Insurance and Nursing Associations in Bavaria) has offered the prospect of a supply contract or with whom the ARGE has concluded a supply contract.
Eligible costs are investment costs for the construction and equipment of an inpatient hospice, in particular
- Planning costs,
- Construction costs (e.g., shell, renovation, heating, sanitation),
- costs of interior furnishings.
Type and amount
The Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care grants a subsidy for the eligible investment costs amounting to a maximum of 10,000 euros per hospice place. The grant is awarded by way of project funding as a fixed amount subsidy. There is no legal entitlement to the funding.