Title

A Survey of Pastoral Care Services for Older Adults

Publication Date

3-23-2006

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Within the profession of social work, interest in spirituality and in services to older adults has been growing over the last decade. Unfortunately, few empirical studies explore the relationship between this growing population and this important domain of human experience. This paper presents survey results of the impact of spirituality and pastoral care services on older adults' perceptions of well-being in one, community-based senior living facility. The study suggests that pastoral care and spirituality life may be important aspects in the lives of the older adults, and may improve quality of life. Based upon these results, implications for service providers are explored. As few tools exist for assessing this subject matter, the survey designed for this study may have value for spirituality and social work research.

Publication Title

Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care

Volume

3

Issue

3-4

First Page

223

Last Page

242

DOI

10.1300/J181v03n03_14

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