Older people in residential and community aged care can now be offered spiritual care


Spirituality is integral to quality of life and well-being. However, until now older people’s spiritual needs may not have been known or met because care- givers did not know how to ask them about their spiritual needs and then take action help meet these needs.

The peak body for spiritual care and ageing takes its training program on the road to deliver professional development to aged care staff and volunteers in 17 regional centres.

Starting with Western Australia on 27 February 2018, Meaningful Ageing Australia will visit 17 regional aged care providers across every state and mainland territory until 21 June to offer training on a range of spirituality topics based on local needs.

The series is being run in partnership with superannuation fund Prime Super and is open to all aged care staff, volunteers and members of the public interested in the sessions.

Session topics include:

  • introduction to spirituality and contemporary spiritual care in aged care
  • acknowledging diversity
  • spiritual conversations
  • supporting older people in the transition to aged care
  • death, dying and hope – conversations about end of life
  • responding to loss and grief
  • family or resident conversations

The seminars are targeting regional Australia as they offer some of the best aged care in the nation. Due to the tyranny of distance, regional Australia sometimes misses out on the best education available in metropolitan areas, so there is definitely a need for this education in regional Australia.

Also available by request to Meaningful Ageing is a seminar in Understanding Islam and Muslim spirituality to assist care providers to understand the care needs of Muslims and their families and respond in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner.

Every older person in residential and community aged care can now be offered spiritual care that is desired by and meaningful to them thanks to internationally ground-breaking guidelines developed in Australia for all Australians whatever their background, culture, beliefs or faith,” says Ilsa Hampton, CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia.

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