How should we care for older people?

Presence, journey and telling the story: caring for people in Catholic aged care

Caring for the aged is a privilege. Sr Therese talks about using “presence, journey and telling the story” as a model for Catholic aged care.

Care for the aged is a particularly significant expression of the mission of Jesus and the ministry of the Church. In this episode, Sr Therese Carroll, RSJ, offers an approach to ministry of aged care based around the themes of "presence", "journey" and "telling the story". Through presence with older people we can show kindness and compassion. Through journey we meet people where they are at. Through telling the story, we listen to the person’s own story, we reflect on the founders’ story and we reflect on the Catholic story which brings all relationships together.

Providing for the Spiritual needs of older people

One author uses the image of the pastoral practitioner as being like a midwife in aged care – Kate Hewett, experienced pastoral practitioner discusses the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people.

In this episode, Kate Hewett, Mercy Health's former director of pastoral services in aged care, explores different ways of providing for the spiritual needs of those living in residential aged care in ways that genuinely meet their needs. Kate Hewett discusses the importance of facilitating relationships between residents, staff and families as a fundamental pastoral response for older people in residential aged care. Kate Hewett talks about not making assumptions about what people might need, but rather spending time with the person to assess what nourishes their spirit. In this webcast, Kate Hewitt talks about grief, death and dying and working with people who have dementia.