Mary MacKillop Care Aged Care and Disability Care Adelaide

Pastoral Care

Mary MacKillop Care SA provides for all dimensions of Holistic Health.

Pastoral care is ‘being with’ people and sharing their life’s journey and embraces an approach to ageing that is holistic and person-centered. Religion plays an important part for many, although not all people express their spirituality through organised religion. Spirituality can be expressed through church worship, prayer, meditation, music, art or the environment.

A growing body of evidence supports a positive relationship between spirituality and health. The recognition that health care needs to be holistic and person-centered for the best outcome for patients creates an expectation that spiritual care will also be incorporated into clinical practice. (Passmore 2003)

Mary MacKillop Care Aged Care and Disability Care Adelaide Pastoral Care

The meaning of Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is ‘being with’ people and sharing their life’s journey and embraces an approach to ageing that is holistic and person-centered. Religion plays an important part for many, although not all people express their spirituality through organised religion. Spirituality can be expressed through church worship, prayer, meditation, music, art or the environment.

Where faith beliefs differ there is an acceptance of the common elements that exist in all religions and we at Mary MacKillop Care provide reassurance and support through each residents own faith, in a spirit of respect for all belief systems.

Mary MacKillop Care SA carries on the unique legacy from the history of Mary MacKillop and St Joseph’s Providence in that our priority is the needs of the person rather than the resources they bring.

In following the inspiration of St Mary MacKillop herself, Mary MacKillop Care SA acknowledges and supports spiritual and cultural diversity and offers appropriate spiritual support for people from other faith traditions as well as those who profess no faith. We recognise that people have emotional, religious, sexual, psychological and other needs, and that they can be assisted through listening, pastoral conversation, advocacy, prayer, the Scriptures, other sacred texts and liturgical services.

Our Pastoral Care Team

Pastoral Care is specifically undertaken by our Pastoral Care Teams, Pastoral Care Volunteers, Visiting Clergy, and other pastoral visitors. Caring staff, by the nature of their close bond with residents and clients, also provide pastoral care.

The role of Pastoral Care personnel is to listen carefully, understand compassionately, to care and to pray with those who desire to do so. We believe people can help each other and be open to the healing of body, mind and spirit that God wills for us.

Our Pastoral Care personnel embrace those issues related to the meaning people give to their lives, especially at the end of life. As our residents move into palliative care we provide sensitive spiritual support, sacramental ministries, advance directive consultation and other services for residents and their families.

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