You may have heard that Moyola has a pastoral care provider, and wonder what that’s all about? What gives you meaning, purpose, and identity? Is it your family? Job? Faith? Hobbies? How do you introduce yourself to others? What is important enough to you to tell others about?
How might moving into aged-care affect these things?
Since the beginning to 2015 I’ve been spending every Thursday morning at Moyola Aged care, as the pastoral care provider for residents and staff. Another name for what I do there is chaplaincy. At its essence, chaplaincy or pastoral care is all about identity, meaning and purpose. It’s around caring for a person’s emotional and spiritual needs in order to add to their overall sense of well being and help them live as meaningfully as possible.
Pastoral care can mean different things to different people, including: Listening to people share stories of their life; Accompanying people through difficult times;
Nurturing spirituality through reminiscence, reflection and rituals; and
Helping people find meaning in their experience.
Pastoral Care seeks to support people of all beliefs, religious traditions and cultures.
Yes, I’m a Christian minister. Where appropriate I’ll read the Bible, pray or discuss faith with residents for whom this is important.
Sometimes I even lead services of worship and communion.
But, more often my task is simply to listen, to hold someone’s hand and to hear their heart. To let them talk about both the joys and struggles of their lives, and to keep their story confidential.
It’s a real privilege to serve the Tatura community in this way. Pastoral care is available to those living in Moyola, and their families. Please contact the office for a referral.