As we all age, it is only normal that we begin to stock of what is most important to us in this life. For many seniors, this means an introspective look into their personal faith. Religious services, church friends and social events centered around the church may have been an integral part of their lives up to this point in their lives. As age and health issues begin to take their toll on the bodies and sometimes the minds of seniors, there is a fear that these important aspects of their life may suffer or even disappear as options for them.
It is critically important that family members, friends and home care agencies work together to help seniors maintain whatever options for faith involvement they can for aging seniors. If seniors are unable to drive themselves to services, then others should find a way to pick them up, or arrange for their travel using either a home care agency to transport them, or special travel options like Uber or Lyft. As a result of the COVID crisis, many churches have expanded their use of online options for worship and small group participation. Computer desktops, iPads or even a smartphone can provide a window into weekly religious activities.
Discussing religious topics with home care staff can be a tricky and sometimes sensitive area. It's important that neither staff nor client try to force any of their beliefs on the other, so that they are able to maintain a positive relationship. However, if they are able to find common ground and be encouragers for each other, then this can be a great way to support seniors. Other ways might include using technology to play religious music, or reading devotional books or Scripture to a senior that has vision problems.
The home care agency owners who work as members of the Oklahoma Professionals for Home Care have navigated the waters of supporting seniors regarding access and participation to their religious functions and activities. Talk it over with them and see what they are able to do! Simply click at the top of the page where it says "About Us", and then click on "Membership Directory" to see the list of our current members!
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