New paper on spirituality and aged care

Kia ora koutou,

You or people you know may be interested in a paper I was invovled in, led by Mei-Ling Blank from our Department. Apparently 50 people can download it free, just go to this link:

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/wnchxUxHQHcnhTCYJc5a/full

The abstract for the papers is below.

cheers

Richard

Addressing the spiritual care needs of residents living in aged-care facilities should be an important dimension of quality care. We conducted semi-structured interviews with residential aged-care staff (including caregivers, nurses, managers, and chaplains) in New Zealand to explore how spiritual care is understood and operationalized. Many participants appeared to equate spiritual care with holistic care that respects the whole person. Participants discussed five types of spiritual care engagement requiring different skills, knowledge, and personal commitment, including information gathering, facilitation, companionship, end-of-life care, and counseling. Our findings suggest that the spiritual care that was offered by our participants, clergy and non-clergy alike, was predominantly informal and unplanned.