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Wallingford, CT, November 2, 2017…Aging, with its many challenges, is often a time when spiritual resources and emotional support are very important to the elderly and their families.   Unfortunately, there simply aren't enough people trained to provide the pastoral care and spiritual resources vital to an elderly person's well being.  

Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford helps to meet that need through its Lay Training in Geriatric Ministry program.  Open to people of all faiths, the program has been teaching basic ministry skills to volunteers from the community for 20 years.

 

Participants will receive 20 hours of training at Masonicare Health Center.  A sample of topics covered include "Introduction and Orientation to our Facility," "The Pastoral Care Visit," "Understanding Dementia," and "Coping with Loss."  Continuing education and support sessions are provided monthly. 

 

"It's a beautiful thing," explains Chaplain Volunteer Susan Bachman who visits several residents weekly, "I enjoy having friendly visits with the people I see and we include a spiritual component upon their request."

 

After completing the course, participants make a one-year commitment to provide approximately four hours of pastoral ministry at Masonicare Health Center each week.  In addition to making a valued contribution to the lives of residents, volunteers will learn skills that will enable them to minister effectively to older members of their own families, church, mosque or temple, as well as in the community.

            Other opportunities to serve the worshipping community at Masonicare Health Center include transporting seniors to worship and other religious activities and instrumental accompaniment at worship services, vespers and hymn sings.

If you have interest in participating in this Lay Training in Geriatric Ministry Program, please call Chaplain Thayer Quoos at 203-679-6259 or email  tquoos@masonicare.org

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