Passover begins Friday and brings many Jews will celebrate with a seder
where their spiritual beliefs will be celebrated with food, family, and ritual.
As we age joining in spiritual rituals means more and more to us. Ritual
religious holidays like Passover fill all faiths, but especially elders faiths and both spiritual and emotional needs.
A Care Manager needs to learn how to offer elders support and inclusion during holidays like Passover or any religious holiday.
Care management is first and foremost a holistic interaction between
a caring professional and an older adult. Holistic care works
with the senior beyond just the necessary formal services. Care
managers should work with the seniors and their families to know their religious needs if any. Getting to know the person includes understanding the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs and how you can help them get included in the celebration.
Even though Passover begins Friday the average care manager does not see themselves as doing therapy with their clients or encouraging religion. But the work of Carl Jung or Viktor Frankl may be more than is useful. For most care managers , it is helpful to follow a few rules:
1. Listen to the client. Understand the client’s perception of the religious phenomenon as the person describes it and how you can help them celebrate Passover or any religious holiday if they wish.
2. Listen to his or her the perceptions of the client’s faith tradition and
spiritual beliefs and how much and how they want to be included in family celebrations or religious services so you can help them do this, through contacting the family, the spiritual place of worship, so they can attend and have transportation or arrange some form of celebration if homebound
3. Consult with the Rabbi from the Temple near them, who can help interpret any
beliefs or rituals or symbols that cannot be fully understood from the description of the client and if the temple has transportation for elders to services if the client wishes to attend.
Read Rev.James Ellor’s, Ph.D., LCSW, DCSW, Baylor University’s excellent chapter on Spirituality and the Geriatric Care Manager.
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