Faith based organizations across the country are developing and revamping ministry programs for older adults.
Communities of faith are in an excellent position to help families plan for the care of an aging loved one. Church members are more likely to rely on their own faith and pastoral care from their clergy than to rely on publicly funded social services or other community agencies. This has been cited in “Parent Care and Religion: A Faith Based Intervention Model for Caregiving Readiness of Congregational Members.”
Millions of Americans at midlife find themselves in caregiving roles that can last for many years. The personal and financial events that arise in eldercare are typically the most dramatic event than any other event of a person or family’s life. Just one year of long term care can exceed the cost of 2-3 years of college tuition. Yet, we know that most people plan for college much more than they plan for long term care.
Typically, faith communities are ill-equipped and unprepared to guide and support family caregivers and older adults. Even conscientious clergy or church workers or outreach ministry leaders have not been adequately trained to deal with the range of issues that can affect an older person or family caregiver.
Communities of faith can help families plan and manage the care of their older members.
Many devoted members of their congregations are more likely to rely on their own faith and on advice from their clergy in addressing family problems than they are to rely on publicly funded social services or other community agencies.
Elder Life Planning for Faith Based Communities uses an ecumenical approach to improve the well-being of older persons, reducing the often stress related complications that family caregivers must confront. To learn more about how your faith based community and incorporate this program into your mission, contact us toll free at 1-800-375-0595 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the misconception that American families don’t take care of their elders the way they used to in previous generations, consider the following:
There are now more than 25 million caregivers in the U.S.
Over 60% of these caregivers have been providing care for five plus years
More than 80% of caregiving is done at home
Forty-seven percent of caregivers are employed
Yet, research indicates that most churches, synagogues, mosques, and other communities of faith in the United States do not provide practical parent care guidance to adult children or give the needed and appropriate pastoral care to an aging adult.
Faith based organizations across the country are developing and revamping ministry programs for older adults. Learn
Although numerous books, journal articles, and Internet sites provide information to individuals faced with family caregiving responsibilities, many families or individuals either do not use this information, or find that they need the personal guidance of experienced eldercare professionals
Hebrews 13:16 “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
Elder Care and Spirituality
Information and resources can be overwhelming in a caregiver crisis and the caregiver simply cannot absorb the information or implement any recommendations. Professional guidance and support is needed to help families understand the extremely complicated American service delivery system for seniors.
This highly complex system is confusing for families to navigate. How does one pay for care? How can care be provided for a family with limited resources, or adult children who live away from an aging relative? The emphasis must be on pro-active care planning before the crisis erupts.
For example, one aspect of caregiver “preparedness” is the parent care planning process. If effectively presented, this provides adult children with a way to engage parents. The process elicits the parents’ wishes and desires about medical, legal, environmental, and emotional preferences before the insidious and/or rapid onset of diseases and disabilities that often render parents unable to represent themselves.
Here again, clergy and other pastoral professionals are in a unique position to reinforce the importance of pro-active parent care preparation. Like ministers who have been on the forefront of advocacy for pre-marital counseling, religious leaders can employ their moral authority and utilize religious teachings to underscore the need and methods for families to prepare for the normal, developmental responsibility of parent care or the care of an aging loved one.
Religious leaders need adequate training and access to proven resources and methods in order to develop and promote exemplary programs that address the issues that eldercaregivers and seniors face.
Elder Life Planning for Faith Based Programs is a customized program that provides faith based groups with the resources to provide frail elders and family caregivers the support, information and referral to needed services anywhere in the U.S for as little as 50 cents per family per month.
The program can be customized for each church or faith based program that wants to offer it to their members. It lets faith based groups provide live, toll free support by experienced and high quality eldercare professionals, extensive on-line caregiver support, and links to services for family caregivers of aging parents, monthly newsletters and on-site caregiver support education programs.
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You can get more details now at by calling Bob O’Toole at 1-800-375-0595or contact him at email@example.com