YFM6240 Spiritual Caregivingof the Elderly

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Debra Newell

Course Description:

Spiritual caregiving and care receiving is often a rite of passage of and by elderly individuals. The context, culture, faith tradition and levels of health and wellness help define how these roles play out for each family and individual. Spiritual caregiving can aid in physical healing, easing spiritual and physical pain. Giving spiritual care is also part of the lifecycle stages of generativity and passing on important information and life goals. Understanding the nuances of spiritual care needs of elderly in a variety of settings is paramount in order to facilitate the transitions and hone skills applicable for all disciplines and walks of life.

How This Course Benefits Students:

As the biopsychosocial model of life is considered, many individuals realize the importance spiritual care, though they are not comfortable in providing such. The ability of a student to successfully conduct a spiritual assessment with an older person in a variety of settings is a prime outcome measure to assess student learning. Career/volunteer/ministry paths may include: senior ministry, calling on elderly in the community for a friendly visit, social service practitioner or volunteer, health care professional, chaplain in example.

Why This Course Is Important:

Students need to be comfortable with their own spirituality and theology in order to provide, teach and facilitate spiritual care to others, particularly the elderly. Important to know how to integrate in many settings.