Verein zur Hilfe für Cerebralgeschädigte
Contact person: Annette Saur
- Aid organization
- Social policy/disabled persons
- Educational policy/project
- Volunteers are welcome.
Every day people of all ages suffer severe craniocerebral injuries, are resuscitated and thereafter require intensive medical care. This intensive care is consistently well organized and effective. But there are still far too few adequate facilities for the rehabilitation and further treatment and care which is necessary after that. This inadequate supply leads in a short time to substantial consequential damage which significantly impedes or even excludes improvement.
The plight of these people and personal experience of brain injury patients led to the establishment of the CERES Society to Aid the Cerebrally Impaired in Tübingen in 1986. More CERES societies were founded in Heidelberg, Heidenheim, Sindelfingen and Stuttgart in order to organize effective support locally. Self-help groups from all over Germany have joined us over the years. In 1993 the CERES Foundation was set up in order to secure long-term aid options.
Our work focusses on:
• improving medical and nursing care for people with severe traumatic brain injury and other damage, eg coma patients
• improving rehabilitation and re-integration into family, work and society
• expanding provision in the areas of (early) rehabilitation and long-term care
• providing treatment and care centres
• assisting with medical and social security issues
• offering personal support to patients and relatives
• public relations (raising awareness of the problems of those affected - activating aid)
• cooperating with recognized neuropsychologists
• establishing contacts with government, associations, universities and other institutions
CERES is there for:
• patients with and after severe traumatic skull and brain injury or other cerebral injuries and for their relatives
• doctors, therapists and nurses
• Social services and counselling centres
• (rehab) clinics, treatment centres and nursing homes
• Employees in health and social services
• All who are committed to improving the care of brain-injured patients or who are planning to do so.
• "House Ceres" is the largest and most challenging project in the club's history to date. The old forestry office in the middle of Mössingen has been purchased and converted into housing for people in a persistent vegetative state.
• WSWD meetings: The "We're back" meeting is a nationwide event for people awakened from a vegetative state. Each September, between 70-90 people meet who have shared the same fate. Seminars, workshops and exchanges promote not only the sense of community, but also the courage to face life.
Annette Saur is the President of the CERES Society to Aid the Cerebrally Impaired.
On request we can offer other net participants advice, give a presentation, and provide up-to-date information and contacts in the field of our work.