• Pastoral Care, Chaplaincy, and Spiritual Support

    listening over lunchResthaven’s team of Coordinating Chaplains engage with people from all social, emotional and spiritual backgrounds, supporting them to meet spiritual and pastoral care needs.

    They collaborate closely with other members of the residential care and service team, providing individually-tailored responses to residents of all faiths – or none, respecting the dignity and sacredness of each individual’s unique spiritual journey.

    They are always available to listen confidentially to the life experiences of residents, offering comfort and genuine pastoral care.

    Coordinating Chaplains are aware of the personal impact of changing circumstances, tragedy, and end of life issues, and are skilled at sensitively relating to people in times of need.

    They also engage with a team of caring and capable volunteer Chaplains’ Assistants.

    Coordinating Chaplains support people by:

    • Listening and spending time getting to know you
    • Conducting ecumenical services for Christian worship
    • Conducting discussion groups which are informal friendly gatherings where everyone is welcome
    • Leading memorial services which provide an opportunity to remember those residents who passed away during the year
    • Arranging visits by clergy, pastoral visitors and other spiritual practitioners to provide specific support to residents.
    • Assisting people to work through grief, loss, worry, and other ‘big questions in life’.

    Resthaven employs a team of Coordinating Chaplains who work with residents, their family and friends, to meet pastoral care needs.



    The National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care

    The National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care assert that spirituality is integral to quality of life and wellbeing, and should be accessible to all older people in a way that is meaningful to their beliefs, culture and circumstances.

    View the Guidelines here: http://meaningfulageing.org.au/national-guidelines-for-spiritual-care-in-aged-care-documents/

    Read articles by Resthaven chaplains

    Orange rose
    By Relieving Coordinating Chaplain, Rev Adam Tretheway
    two women laughing looking at each other on bench outdoors
    By Nina Corlett-McDonald, Coordinating Chaplain (Murray Bridge & Leabrook)
    Prayers for others
    By Rev Dr Bruce Grindlay, Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain (Marion & Aberfoyle Park)
    By Rev Cate Baker, Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain (Paradise and Leabrook)
    By Rev Frances Bartlett, Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain (Bellevue Heights)
    Orange butterfly sitting on a white flower and the words Challenge and Change are in white to its left
    By Dr Nina Corlett-McDonald, Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain (Murray Bridge and Leabrook)
    Group of elderly in a garden with text saying "Authentic Friendship"
    By Rev Dr Bruce Grindlay, Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain (Marion & Aberfoyle Park)
    Thumbnail image of older lady with short grey hair, smiling at the camera. She wears a blue skivvy.
    By Rev Dr Trevor Whitney (former Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain)
    By Shelley Alexander (former Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain)
    Words of comfort title with picture of a pink hibiscus flower in bloom
    By Rev Dr Bruce Grindlay, Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain (Marion & Aberfoyle Park) and Rev Kingsley Congdon (former Resthaven Coordinating Chaplain)

    Download the Resthaven Prayer by Rev Dr Graham Vawser

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