A Visiting Nurse Service was set up in the Convent in the summer of 2014. It combines spiritual nurturing, psychological support, and everyday assistance for bedridden elderly patients. Thus, volunteers take care of their patients’ hygiene, clean their homes, and teach their relatives how to take care of their ill loved ones properly. Apart from that, severely ill people can use our tools and equipment, such as anti-be sore mattresses, medical beds, crutches, bedpans, urinals, and close-stools. Financially vulnerable patients can also receive financial aid in purchasing skin care products, such as nappies, wet wipes, soap, creams, gels, etc.
Today the Visiting Nurse Service of St Elisabeth Convent is a cohesive team of sisters and brothers who brush up on their knowledge, pick up new skills, and acquire valuable experience of interaction with severely ill people on a permanent basis. They come together to pray for their patients frequently.
Three years have passed since the launch of the Visiting Nurse Service of our St Elisabeth Convent with the blessing of the Very Rev Andrey Lemeshonok, the spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent, in July 2014.
The sisters and volunteers of the Visiting Nurse Service do an extremely demanding and often invisible work on a daily basis: they look after severely ill persons who have no one else to turn to.
Sister Irina Tsegelnikova from the visiting nurse service of Saint Elisabeth Convent tells us how Saint Elisabeth's example had inspired her and the other sisters.