More space for seniors

The Rummelsberger Diakonie wants to significantly expand its facility in Söcking in favor of future-proof forms of care and provision. It is unclear how the new buildings would best fit into the site of the former sanatorium for the blind.

The Rummelsberger Diakonie, responsible for the two Starnberg nursing and senior citizens’ facilities on Riedeselstraße and Hofbuchet, is looking to the future: the plan is to further develop the “nursing offers for every life situation” with future-proof forms of nursing and care. In plain language: The Rummelsberger Stift in Söcking, which currently has 80 stationary places and 25 apartments for employees, is planning an expansion. For this purpose, a large part of the existing complex on the extensive site near the cemetery is to be demolished and replaced by a four-storey new building with an underground car park. The Starnberg building committee supports the project in principle, but it is still unclear what the whole thing could look like.

It was a stroke of luck for Starnberg when the Rummelsberger Diakonie took over the sponsorship of the former war blind sanatorium in Söcking in 2001. The Bavarian War Blind Foundation, founded in 1924, acquired the Schormerhof in Söcking in the 1930s and then expanded the area into a convalescent home for the war blind. But the house could no longer be run economically. Since 1995, the facility had been converted step by step – if only because the number of war blind people was declining. Instead, the institution was expanded into a senior citizens’ home – and the need remained great: in 2014, the city council approved three three-storey buildings with a total of 75 senior-friendly apartments. But even that no longer seems to be sufficient. To supplement the existing offer, a further 80 outpatient care apartments, 24 day care places and a care advice center are now planned.

Assisted living: During the expansion in 2014, 75 new apartments for the elderly were created.

During the expansion in 2014, 75 senior apartments were newly created.

(Photo: Arlet Ulfers)

The building committee agreed on Thursday about the need for an extension, but the size and design of the planned new buildings are up for debate. So far, the municipal building administration has an initial concept, the preliminary study – including a four-story building – is only a draft that still needs to be revised. The committee is wondering how the new buildings could best fit into this topographically sensitive area. The building committee therefore recommended that the Diakonie expand the Rummelsberger Stift Söcking multiple times, “in order to find the optimal architect’s design”, as stated in the draft resolution. However, the building committee and the city administration already agree on one thing: the development plan must be changed again in any case.

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