Resources: Living with Dementia
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Spiritual and Pastoral Care of those with Dementia: The Revd Deacon Corinne Smith, Former Hospital and Hospice Chaplain for Older People's Medicine
SETTING THE SCENE
Life can be made meaningful by addressing 3 types of values (Viktor Frankl) Creative, Experiential and attitudinal.
1. Creative – eg baking, gardening, painting etc
2. Experiential –
Can be both religious and non-religious eg birthdays/ New Year
Say who you are
“Hello, I’m Sue the pastoral visitor. It’s Wednesday today. That’s the day I come and visit here”.
Memory cueing – Know as much as you can about the person. What cues might work. Sounds. Smells. Rosemary from the garden. Model cars. Railway magazines etc
Remember your purpose in visiting. Relationship-building.
Christians believe that we are all made in the image of God. This means, no matter how distorted or marred that image might become as a result of illness, age or infirmity, every single person is unique and precious to God.
Isaiah 43:1 “I have called you by name, you are mine”.
As well as this, don’t ever assume that because someone is non-verbal, that God isn’t still at work in that person. Always be aware of the capacity for growth.
Faith in Older People: Enabling a better understanding of the importance of the spiritual dimension to the well-being of older people