´45/´30, SWR, 2019
It often happens other than you think: Franziska Baronesse of Stetten, youngest child of the Barons of Stetten from Künzelsau, always wanted to go out into the world. She did that for a long time, she made a career with a large international food company and travels the world. But then her father fell ill and she had to make a decision: take over the business at Stetten Castle or the international career. She chose the family and has been the managing director of the Stetten Castle Home for Elderlies in Künzelsau and Bad Mergentheim for over 10 years. Her father, Wolfgang von Stetten, a former CDU member of the Bundestag, founded the assisted living for seniors 35 years ago at Stetten Castle. At that time he was a pioneer and there were many administrative and social obstacles to be overcome. In the meantime, the retirement homes have become a lucrative business and serve as role models. His son, CDU member of the Bundestag Christian von Stetten, continues to build apartments around the castle, and even a small private hospital is currently being planned. The family can hardly save itself from inquiries — the waiting list is long. And that’s not just because of the location of the castle in beautiful Hohenlohe, but also because of the warmth and dedication of the whole family. Franziska Baronesse of Stetten, just like her father, knows about every resident, and that is now over 300. Nothing escapes her loving attention and the older women and men appreciate this very much. She runs the retirement homes with the same awareness as her father and mother.