Training and Sustaining: A Model for Volunteer Spiritual Care Visitors in Long-Term Care

Lucinda Landau, Kevin Brazil, Sharon Kaasalainen, Diane Crawshaw

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Abstract

Volunteer provision of spiritual care in an Ontario, Canada, long-term care home was the focus of a case study regarding resident spiritual care needs in a municipal environment that does not fund professional chaplains. Scope of practice issues, spiritual care skills in long-term care, and diversity sensitivity were identified as key areas for volunteer education. Volunteer training modules were designed using Theological Reflection as the theoretical framework for spiritual care provision. An innovative model for sustainable spiritual care provision in long-term care is proposed, which relies upon leadership from a professional chaplain (staff or volunteer).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-237
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Religious studies

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