Care is the core business at Lutheran Aged Care, including spiritual care, says pastoral care nurse Angela Uhrhane.
"The word spiritual care can have broad definitions and is often misunderstood," she said.
"Meaningful Ageing Australia defines spirituality as being 'integral to, but not confined by, religion and faith. It is about what gives us a purpose to our lives. It is about our sources of meaning and hope, which in turn is intimately related to our connectedness to ourselves, to others and to the world'.
"When we provide spiritual care it means that we meet people where they are in their lives so that their wellbeing can be enhanced.
"We connect with people and work out with them what is important on an individual basis."
Resources for training staff are utilised from Meaningful Ageing Australia. Lutheran Aged Care has a current membership with this organisation which is continually developing its resources for residential and home care services.
Lutheran Aged Care has a well-established pastoral care team. Pastor Darryl Mattner is the Chaplain and is supported by Angela Uhrhane (pastoral care nurse) and Debbie Lieschke (pastoral care worker).
The pastoral care team is also supported by a small group of dedicated volunteers who visit the people that live at Lutheran Aged Care on a one-on-one basis.
In addition to the visits there are regular church services at each campus and a Hymns We Love program.
"Pastoral care is filled with joys and sorrows as we spend time with people while they are adjusting to receiving care, living life but also when dying and receiving palliative care," Angela said.
Pastoral support is available to the people who live at Lutheran Aged Care, their family members, the volunteers and the staff also.
The program extends over all campuses, Dellacourt and Yallaroo in Albury, Home Care and also at Emily Gardens at The Rock.
Lutheran Aged Care is seeking expressions of interest for the next pastoral care volunteer training course, which is planned for May 2020. Contact Angela on (02) 6060 4071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.