Entering a conversation about spirituality may feel uncomfortable and daunting for people working in aged care.
Some may fear they lack the knowledge to discuss spirituality, or worry that they could say the wrong thing or offend the person they are caring for. Meaningful Ageing Australia says these fears are not uncommon and can be overcome.
A new online resource developed by Meaningful Ageing Australia, responding to requests from member organisations, is its latest tool to help people working...
CEO Of Meaningful Ageing Australia
Ilsa is the CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia. Ilsa has extensive experience in the strategic integration of pastoral and spiritual care in aged care; and leading projects with multiple partners. Prior to joining Meaningful Ageing Australia as CEO, Ilsa served on the board from its inauguration in 2013; and on the board of Spiritual Care Australia from 2010-2011. Ilsa has designed and implemented strategic program changes to increase consistency, quality assurance, integration in teams and access by clients including an innovative pastoral care volunteer model now in use in other locations around Australia.
Meaningful Ageing Australia is launching several initiatives this week to boost understanding about the importance of spiritual care for people’s quality of life as they age.
It has released a joint position statement, developed with Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), calling for the universal acceptance of the importance of spiritual support in aged care for all stages of the ageing journey.
“In the position paper, we call for the integration of spiritual care...
A new project will help personal carers from diverse backgrounds build meaningful relationships with older people in aged care services.
Close to 90% of Australian residential aged care services and 70% of in home care services employ personal care staff from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds according to the 2016 National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey. The work these carers do requires them to build a connection with each older person they are supporting. These carers frequently have...
Aged care organisations that go above and beyond have once again been recognised, with seven finalists announced in the 2018 Meaningful Ageing Australia Awards.
The Awards celebrate organisations who can demonstrate a sustained and effective program or project that is focused on high quality pastoral and spiritual care of older people.
Meaningful Ageing Australia CEO, Ilsa Hampton, said “These providers show what is possible when organisations use their imagination and effort to provide quality of life for each older person...