The Bethanie Chaplaincy team plays an important role in the spiritual wellbeing of you and your family, our residents and their families, and Bethanie staff.
Chaplaincy at Bethanie
We all find meaning and fulfilment in different ways. As we age, we are often challenged by changing circumstances and significant losses. Sometimes we find it easy to readjust and rediscover meaning in life. At other times we may struggle emotionally and spiritually to make sense of what is happening around us.
Bethanie's Chaplains assist in guiding the search for meaning, helping discover hope for the future, and providing encouragement in times of distress. This is done in the spirit of love and acceptance, respect and humility, across denominations and acknowledging all personal preferences.
Bethanie is committed to the ongoing professional development of our Chaplains to ensure our services meet the highest standards.
Some of the spiritual activities and services we offer include:
- A listening ear
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Hospital visits
- Palliative support
- Funeral services (fees payable)
- Grief and bereavement support
- Dementia pastoral care
- Support to primary carers
- Family meetings
- Interdenominational chapel services.
A new resident to a Bethanie Aged Care home shared with staff that they used to love taking photos, but all their cameras were put into storage with the move into aged care. One of the staff had an unused camera at home and brought it into the home for the resident to borrow until theirs was collected from storage. This new resident was so appreciative of the gesture and found a new energy and connection taking photos of their new surroundings. Connecting to what is important for our residents – Mission in Action
A Bethanie customer in their 90’s, who had dementia and was prone to wander, wanted to connect with their religious beliefs. Not able to get to the church or religious activities, staff assisted to bring their church to them. Creating a photo book of icons and prayers and purchasing some religious objects, the customer became truly engaged with their religious practice again. Out of the box thinking – Mission in Action