Award winning pastoral care

Churches of Christ in Queensland has been recognised for innovation in pastoral care, recently receiving the 2015 PASCOP Annual Quality in Pastoral and Spiritual Practice Award.

The organisation, which cares for 1,800 aged care residents in Queensland and Victoria, won the award for its pilot dementia church service initiative.

Since 2014, around 42 per cent of residents living with dementia within one of Churches of Christ Care’s south east Queensland residential aged care facilities have attended weekly church services.

Chief Executive Officer Dean Phelan is pleased with the success of the pilot and said there are plans to expand the pastoral care initiative to the organisation’s 15 other dementia specific units.

“Our chaplains, such as Wayne Crouch who introduced the pilot, and aged care staff continue to achieve great things together for the benefit of clients,” Mr Phelan said.

“This award is confirmation that our people go beyond caring for the physical and medical needs of our residents, they care for the spiritual needs of some of society’s most vulnerable.”

The PASCOP Quality Practice Awards are Australia’s first national awards program dedicated to innovation and excellence in pastoral and spiritual care of older people. They recognise innovation and excellence in the spiritual care of older people.

Executive Director of PASCOP David Petty congratulated Churches of Christ for introducing the pilot.

“The introduction of a church service has made a positive, tangible difference not only to the residents but also to the staff and volunteers,” Mr Petty said.

“The program highlights pastoral and spiritual care in practice for residents who are often seen as difficult to connect with.”

Churches of Christ receives $1,000 and the opportunity to present at a PASCOP Meaningful Ageing seminar and national conference.

The awards were announced on 26 August in Sydney at the Elizabeth MacKinlay Public Lecture.

Posted September 9, 2015 in News