The role of a Spiritual Care Coordinator is to learn about what brings you a sense of connection and peace and highlight these aspects as part of your care. The coordinator will seek to support both the patient and family. One does not have to be “religious” to receive benefits from a Spiritual Care Coordinator. Distant or nonexistent spiritual and religious connections can also be reignited and strengthened with the support of a coordinator.
In addition, if a patient or family has a strong connection with a community religious organization the Spiritual Care Coordinator can assist with coordinating with them to come to the patient’s home. Patients and family’s can participate in more traditional prayers and songs or more modern practices. The goal of the coordinator is to help hospice patients and families feel comfort in this uncertain time.
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and see the broader and deeper picture that is underlying all our experiences.
The dying time does not need to be a time of suffering, and the Spiritual Care Coordinator’s role is to support you in reducing that suffering and enhancing the sense of peace and beauty within and around you.
Spiritual Care Coordinator Visit
A Spiritual Care Coordinator will visit a patient within the first 5 days the patient comes onto hospice services. The coordinator will get a sense of the patients and family’s spiritual, religious and cultural beliefs. The Spiritual Care Coordinator will determine if the patient or family have any current connections to any religious organizations in the community.