The goal of Christian aged care is not only to provide the clinical and medical support our elderly residents require. The goal of Christian aged care is all encompassing; it addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of all residents. Compassion, understanding, patience and empathy are therefore essential qualities that all aged care staff need to display in our workplace
Christian residential aged care is not institutional care; rather, a Christian aged care facility acknowledges that its residential environment is the home of its residents; a place where staff shall encourage all residents to maintain their independence subject to the constraints of community living and the limitations of their cognitive abilities.
Under the Aged Care Act User Principles, aged care residents have well defined rights which recognise their dignity, lifestyle, religious beliefs and privacy.
However, a Christian Aged Care organisation shall go further than just upholding the Charter, as it is required to do under the Aged Care Act. It shall actively foster a Christian culture within the facility. This means, for instance, that meals shall be preceded by prayers, that the opportunity shall exist to participate in regular devotions or bible studies, that time will be spent talking and praying with residents and that pastoral counselling shall be available on demand.
The focus shall be entirely placed on the holistic wellbeing of the residents and staff will be nurtured, trained and motivated not only to reflect sound HR principles but also to provide for the ultimate welfare of the residents under their care.