Each Eldercare site has a chaplain who provides a pastoral care service for residents, their families and friends.
Eldercare chaplains complement clinical care with direct personal attention to residents, in order to understand what it is like to experience residential aged care, and therefore provide emotional and spiritual support tailored to the individual.
Chaplains engage with residents and their families and friends in active pastoral care which is person-centred, inclusive and clearly recognises the impact that the transition to care has on valued relationships. This pastoral care for all is extended to everyone as the resident’s care needs change and relationships are adapting to meet the living realities of a family member in care.
It is common for family members to experience a variety of conflicting emotions when someone close enters residential care. Pastoral care can help plan for how to best continue in the new mode of caring for and loving their friend or family member.
Families are not perfect. Some people live with painful histories and present difficulties. We all need to come together to provide the best care for our aged relative. Pastoral care can help in these matters - or may at least assist to ensure that sensitive issues and relationships are recognised.
Eldercare’s chaplaincy team is on hand to offer support to residents and their families and friends in times of need - irrespective of spiritual beliefs.
Your on-site chaplain can help with:
The Eldercare practice of pastoral care is based on a trusted tradition of personal respect.
Chaplains are selected and trained to be:
All Eldercare chaplains are required to be members of Spiritual Care Australia, an organisation dedicated to developing best practice spiritual and pastoral care.
Eldercare’s pastoral care expertise supports individual exploration of beliefs. The Chaplain can help arrange visits from people of your preferred faith community, and there are also worship services available at all sites.
For more information regarding chaplaincy at Eldercare and enquiries about chaplaincy careers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.