Looking for aged care? Are you asking the right questions?

If you or a loved one is looking for aged care it’s important to ask the right questions:

How will you support me to maintain connections and relationships?

What opportunities will I have to reflect on my legacy?

Who is available to be with me if I’m struggling?

Are you a member of Meaningful Ageing Australia?

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How do organisations incorporate spiritual care?

Truly integrated spiritual care runs top to bottom and through many systems. Organisations have a great resource in the federally funded National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.

What you will experience are processes that show they understand and respond to meaning, purpose and connectedness (including with self, others, creativity, nature and something bigger) in the life of every older person. This means they value relationships, they clearly seek to get to know your important connections, and they offer opportunities for you to be nurtured and grow. People who have a faith will be connected with relevant people, rituals and traditions; however no assumptions will be made about what your faith means in your life. Understanding you and what sustains you will be a priority.  All staff will have basic professional development in spiritual care and in many organisations they have spiritual care practitioners. These roles come under different titles, such as pastoral carer. Their focus is ensuring that your spirituality is understood and responded to.

How do we work with organisations?

We support aged care organisations to integrate spiritual care, which means helping them understand and respond to the spirituality of each person. We provide lots of practical resources that help staff in all sorts of roles to do this. We find out where an organisation is on their journey to integrate spiritual care and help them connect with the resources that they most need. We also run professional development with staff.

Find out which organisations Meaningful Ageing works with (this will take you to our full website).

How one organisation is putting spiritual care into every day

For the past year they have been incorporating spiritual care into every part of the day.

Acacia Care has been on a journey. Most of their staff thought that spirituality was confined to religion, and that religion was just a series of rituals and occasional visits from local faith communities. Once they started to engage with integrated spiritual care, their models of care were changed so that they could priortise relationships with each older person. When first using the service, each person has a visit with a trained staff member to have a “ConnecTo” conversation before completing clinical and financial processes. All staff who are working with the older person then ensure they are familiar with the person’s important connections, and build this in to conversations and plans. All staff now know that relationships are a priority, so in the course of their daily work they make sure they connect person-to-person. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes to support this, including nurturing the spirituality of each staff member. They need this to sustain them in their work.