The new National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care will be launched on Tuesday, following extensive development that involved input from the sector.
The Australian-first guidelines, which apply to both community and residential aged care, were developed from a literature review and wide-ranging consultation with industry stakeholders.
The guidelines project was a collaboration between Meaningful Ageing Australia (formerly PASCOP), Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), and funded by the Federal Government.
Senior managers in aged care have already been given a first look at the new guidelines as part of a series of workshops that were held in June.
Those spearheading the initiative have previously told Australian Ageing Agenda that spiritual care was something that all staff working in aged care had a role in, contrary to a common misconception that it was the domain of chaplains.
The resource aimed to assist organisations and staff in establishing what standards they should strive for or how they might achieve them.
The new guidelines will be launched at SummitCare’s St Mary’s facility in NSW next Tuesday.
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