What is Pastoral Care?
Pastoral Care is what sets us apart from other aged care providers. It is the emotional, spiritual and religious support that each of us needs throughout our life journey. This support can be given by listening, talking together, prayer, music, nature and religious and ecumenical services. Catholic Care of the Aged respects diversity, offering spiritual care to people of all faith traditions or who express no faith.
The Heart of our Identity
The Good Samaritan is the major founding story of all healing ministries. At the heart of this story is the call to love one another as Christ loved us. The love of God and love of neighbour are at the heart of our identity. Pastoral Care is the healing, sustaining, guiding and reconciling activity based on another Biblical concept of God’s “Shepherd” relationship with his people. God is often portrayed as the Good Shepherd, providing to all his people their needs and as the one who gently leads us on through life.
We take our lead from Jesus. He shows us, through example and teachings, the ministry of relationships and offering someone who understands, connects and comforts.
Pastoral Care Services
The Pastoral Care Team offer many services to our residents, carers, families and staff:
- Pastoral visitation to all in our care
- Support for staff, families and volunteers
- Weekly Mass or Liturgy of the Word with Communion services
- Services for all faiths and denominations on special feasts and occasions
- Carer and relative support groups
- Memorial services
- Other services as requested
The CCA Pastoral Care program has been awarded five Better Practice Awards from the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (NSW).