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2020 Evidence-informed Resources for Service Providers catalogue
We are excited to announce the publication of our first every resources catalogue. Featuring new, upcoming and current resources produced by Meaningful Ageing Australia, there is bound to be something to catch your eye. Download a copy now to have a browse, and then come back later to the website to order the resource your want.
Connect-Explore: Exploring Spirituality With Older People (ESWOP) – The Book
By Laurence Lepherd, University of Southern Queensland and University of Queensland, and Ilsa Hampton (Formerly) Meaningful Ageing Australia
The Exploring Spirituality With Older People (ESWOP) project was developed to help older people articulate what matters for their core wellbeing, and to help aged care services know how to have these conversations. Importantly, Connect–Explore, which arose out of ESWOP, has been validated for use as an Australian spiritual assessment process that does not reduce a person’s spirituality to a number, but rather, invites a genuine engagement with each individual.
This eBook illuminates some of the key stories about spirituality that were uncovered during the research project, involving 58 older people and 25 interviewers.
COVID-19 Bundled Resource Package
Members-only special selection of new and existing resources for emotional and spiritual support during COVID-19.
Elder & Dementia Engagement Using Zoom
We have teamed up with creative engagement specialist Maurie Voisey-Barlin to bring you this great practical guide to meaningful engagement over Zoom. It is especially designed to be effective with people who are living with dementia in residential aged care environments.
FREE to download for all as part of our COVID Quick Guide series.
Leading the Elephant Book
With the implementation of the Aged Care Quality Standards in 2019, residential and community aged care providers are faced with the need to integrate spiritual care. This may bring challenges to various organisations requiring not just new practices, but potentially a change of processes and culture. Change management may well be an avenue for such organisations to explore.
Meaningful Ageing Australia E-modules
** THIS PRODUCT IS MEMBERS-ONLY **
They can be completed directly via this page on our website, or you can use the SCORM or HTML files to embed them in your organisation’s learning management system.
Go to the Member’s Zone to access them directly on line.
Please note these e-modules should be offered to complement to face-to-face training components, and that they may take some time to download. A Hints and Tips sheet can also be downloaded.
Qualities and Values
Presence and Listening Skills
Spiritual Care Orientation Program (Complete and Abridged versions available)
ConnecTo Spiritual Screening Tool (Complete and Abridged versions available)
“This has really opened things up for me. We tend to focus on the day to day issues to ensure a high level of care to our clients when it is just so much more! I will definitely be listening with an open heart and new eyes. Anyone working in the aged care industry – regardless of what position – would benefit from this I am sure” (Trial participant)
“May I congratulate you on this Learning Package. It is clear, helpful and the definitions of Spirituality, Religion and finding meaning are really helpful. This is a great asset for all staff in their various roles, as together we seek to meet the spiritual needs of clients and residents.” (Pastoral Practitioner)
Use the links in the box below to complete the sessions now online.
To use in your learning management system, use the SCORM or HTML downloads.
Meet Akira Learning Guide for Personal Care Assistants
The Meet Akira Learning Guide for Personal Care Assistants is best used soon after completing the Meet Akira online experience. Designed as an interactive PDF, which can be completed electronically, it offers a selection of exercises and reflections to consolidate the learning from the Meet Akira program. At only four pages, it is deliberately brief to provide learning support to busy care assistants.
Meet Akira: a digital resource for Personal Care Assistants working in aged care
Free for members
Watch our Good News Stories videos about this resource here and here.
Meet Akira is an interactive story inviting users to learn about spiritual care by engaging in familiar scenarios, by following the daily journey of Akira, a Personal Care Assistant, working with older people. As PCAs share Akira’s story, they will learn that:
- Spiritual care is more than religious care
- Their work already includes acts of spiritual care, that they may not be aware of
- Spiritual care can enrich their own sense of professional value.
Click on the Order Now button to download SCORM files; the SCORM files will be added to your cart, and you will be able to download the SCORM files as a Zipped document.
Multifaith Practices: Guidelines for Community and Residential Aged Care (Digital Copy)
Members only resource: FREE for members.
The guide is covers six religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism. Each chapter provides an introductory overview for each religion of their:
Beliefs and values
Holy days, holidays, and ritual observances
Late life celebrations
Caring practices during illness
End of life practices
Readings and prayers