The following should be read in the context of the full National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care, downloadable here.

 

Domain 1

 

I. Organisational leadership and alignment

 

Spiritual care is systemically embedded and practiced at all levels and in all processes throughout the organisation.

 

Outcomes and actions

1.1 The governing body incorporates spiritual care into the organisation’s overall strategy, including setting strategic goals to foster spiritual care.
Resources to support this outcome:
National Guidelines Implementation Tool 1.1

1.2 There are corporate strategies in place to respond to the spiritual needs of older people and staff. Strategies are incorporated into operational plans and quality management systems, and these are measured.
Resources to support this outcome:
Mapping the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care in Relation to the Aged Care Quality
              Standards

National Guidelines Implementation Tool 1.1

1.3 Policies and procedures reflect a culture of recognising the spirituality of those who have contact with older people and carers/representatives.

1.4 Leadership at all levels demonstrates awareness of spirituality, particularly in relation to supporting staff through the inevitable transitions of their direct care giving role.
Resources to support this outcome:
National Guidelines Implementation Tool 1.4
Aged Care Quality Standards – a message for boards, CEOs and senior staff Video           

1.5 Spiritual training commensurate with role and responsibilities is available for all personnel who have direct and/or frequent contact with older people, regardless of whether they are employees or contracted through another organisation.
Resources to support this outcome:
Aged Care Quality Standards and Spiritual Care x5 videos
National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care x2 videos
Spiritual Care Orientation Program (2020 Edition) Facilitator’s Guide
Spiritual Care Orientation Program (2020 Edition) e-module (full and abridged)
ConnecTo: a tool for spiritual screening Leader’s Guide (2018 Revised Edition)
ConnecTo e-module
ConnecTo Video
‘Frailty’ and Spiritual Care Short Guide
Spiritual Care Considerations Series
Spirituality of Dying Workshop Facilitator’s Guide
Spirituality in Aged Care Professional Development Program

1.6 There is a system that respects the confidentiality of a person’s life history and enables the appropriate referral to specialists as required.
Resources to support this outcome:
Intergenerational Reminiscence: a leader’s guide for aged care organisations and secondary schools
The Space Between: implementing spiritual care in community aged care       

1.7 Information technology and communications infrastructure supports older people with the capacity to digitally connect with people, events and places. Access to technology such as: video calls, podcasts, web-casting, tablets, messaging/emails is available.
Resources to support this outcome:
Tech Connect: staying meaningfully connected in aged care – a leader’s guide

1.8 Care recipients are supported and encouraged to access outdoor areas. Those who cannot physically move outside are assisted to connect with the natural world.
Resources to support this outcome:
National Guidelines Implementation Tool 1.8

1.9 For residential care homes, there is a reasonable physical space (other than in their room) for families/loved ones and spiritual carers to meet with the older person in ways that are private and uninterrupted.

1.10 For residential care homes, a dedicated inclusive, sacred space is available for meditation or contemplation as well as community or faith activities.
Resources to support this outcome:
National Guidelines Implementation Tool 1.10