Hard-pressed care workers are on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. The public appreciates more than ever what a tough job they do in care homes, and when supporting people to live independently in their own homes. So, to support carers, BRF is publishing a range of booklets, drawing on the expertise of Anna Chaplains to Older People across the country.
Five step-by-step, ready-to-use guides
Sally Rees is the Anna Chaplaincy lead for Wales and has been instrumental in the ambitious, quick-turnaround project to publish these five new booklets to help staff as they offer spiritual care and comfort to residents in care homes when visiting is so restricted. She explains: ‘Care staff work round the clock so are in the best position to offer people spiritual support when Anna Chaplains, ministers and families are not able to be there. In response to these new circumstances, members of the Anna Chaplaincy network have written a series of booklets to help those on the front line – both managers and carers – to provide for the spiritual needs of those they look after.’
The aim of the new guides is to give carers the confidence and skills to enable those in their care not only to cope emotionally and spiritually but even to thrive, despite challenging circumstances. The five titles are:
- How to take care of yourself in stressful times
- How to help someone spiritually towards the end of life
- How to worship with a group of residents
- How to worship with individuals in your care
- How to have a memorial service at home when you are unable to attend the funeral
You can see a short sample of each of the booklets here.
At £2.50 each, with special offers on packs and bulk orders, these guides offer excellent value and are set to become a must-have resource for care home staff everywhere. For more information and to order, click here.
To read Sally Rees’ article in full, click here.
Find out more about the ministry to older people on the Anna Chaplaincy website.