From time to time we upload research reports to this open section. The majority of items in the Community Library are only available to members and can be accessed in the Member’s Zone after your organisation sends you their unique login link.
Further resources to support spiritual care
Please find below a range of interesting resources to support you in providing spiritual care to older people and their families. We invite you to contribute similar resources that you think will support others working in aged care.
These codes are particular to specialist spiritual care in healthcare institutions in Australia.
The Muslim Aged Care: A Practical Guide for Service Providers (or the Guide) is a comprehensive resource for Muslim aged care. It covers wide-ranging topics such as, religion, culture, and identity of Muslims to provide the context and basis for planning culturally appropriate care for them. Using text boxes, illustrations, exercise, and case studies, the Guide draws attention to key issues and concepts that would help providers of aged care to better understand and respond to the cultural needs of Muslims. It explains in detail the daily care routines of a Muslim—the what and the how. Authored by Mahjabeen Ahmad, an independent researcher and advocate of Muslim aged care in Australia and winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Award in Aged Care (Individual category), the Guide builds on the first Muslim aged care report in South Australia co-authored by Mahjabeen and published online in 2013 titled Muslims in Australia and their Aged Care Needs: An Exploratory Study with Special Reference to South Australia (updated in 2015).”
The ‘Ritual Washing of the Body – A Guide for Care Staff’ was developed by Annie Whitlocke, a spiritual care practitioner, funeral celebrant, and death doula. She has extensively studied death rituals, and has drawn together her experience here to guide you in supporting family members to tend to their loved one’s body