Every day we are bombarded by messages from our screens and other places that promote an ideal life without suffering. Not only without suffering but also with wealth and endless happiness. If we think about this image for just one moment we know that it is a mirage: suffering, challenge and difficulty is inevitable. This is as true for you and I as it is for the older people we are serving.
We all deal with the discomfort of suffering...
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.
An expert who assumes they are there to learn
We know that to do a good job, we need to be trained, or even formed for the work. Formation is an idea that may not be familiar to everyone. If something is being formed, it is being shaped. If a person is being formed for a particular role, we, too are shaped such that our daily decisions and actions are in keeping with our role, eventually without having to really think...
I want to acknowledge the round of painful stories that continue to emerge from aged care and retirement living contexts. It is always hard to hear about times when we have not done our very best, when we have compromised the humanity of ourselves and others, and when we have not been honorable.
I am using 'we' for a couple of reasons. One, is that as people working in the aged care and retirement living sectors we are all connected by whatever happens...