||The Chaplain for Pastoral and Spiritual Care coordinates the functions and activities of the Pastoral Care Program. S/he provides pastoral/spiritual care to residents, their loved ones, and staff. S/he offers education and training, as appropriate, for Canterbury Court. S/he communicates and provides liaison with the religious community.
The Chaplain of Pastoral Care functions as an integral member of the Pastoral Care team with the following essential job duties:
- Helps foster the spiritual life of residents, families, friends, and staff, affirming others’ faith traditions as appropriate.
- Facilitate the implementation of programs such as support groups, interpersonal growth groups, and educational events to enhance the spiritual awareness and fulfillment of residents.
- Provide, support, or arrange for at least weekly liturgical services, including communion, for both Pavilion/Personal Care and Independent Living residents.
- Seek out and strengthen relationships with parishes and clergy of residents (across denominations).
- Support residents’ participation in their parish of origin.
- Coordinate and assist with the functions and activities of the Pastoral Care Services, including paid staff and volunteers.
- Initiate relationships with new residents in a timely manner.
- Support residents and their families during times of personal, health, or familial crisis, particularly at times of new diagnosis and end of life.
- Be accessible to residents and their families for counsel and support.
- Coordinate with family members for funeral liturgy and services as needed.
- Provide continuity of care for residents in hospital, including visitation (in conversation with their local clergy).
- Visit with residents in their homes or in common areas.
- Participate regularly in community-wide events.
- Counsel with residents, families and staff concerning death and dying, grief/loss, depression and loneliness.
- Regularly assess pastoral care educational offerings to ensure they engage and challenge participants.
- Partner with leadership to maintain a positive and professional work environment.
- Provide prayers and blessings for various events and meals as requested.
- Provide training and in-service education programs for residents and staff.
- Support and cover for other pastoral care team members as able.
- Other duties as assigned.