can always pray
submitted by Karen
Reedy-Wilcox of Southern
Pines Healthcare Center on
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Size: any size
Equipment: Bible, guitar or portable
instrument, prayer box instument or c.d., bible, prayer box
their own, paper, pens slips of paper, pens
Objective: To remind residents of power of prayer, to involve
them in the meaningful activity of offering their prayers.
Description: Bring residents to a quiet area, if possible.
Seat comfortably. Invite resident to begin with opening prayer.
Give residents slips of paper and pens (or staff may do the
writing). Read any scripture passage regarding prayer. Invite
each resident to give name(s) of persons(s) needing prayer.
NOTE** first names for confidentiality. Keep requests brief.
Put names on papers and put in prayer box. Offer closing
submitted by Joseph A. Mondano of MJHS Adult Day Health Center
on October 02, 2003
Equipment: Scripture readings,
chairs in a circle, a tape or CD player, spiritual tapes, 45
minutes for the group
Objective: To develop or
enhance the patients well being by addressing their spiritual
needs on a regular basis
Description: While patients
may receive periodic pastoral care, in between you as a RT will
find there are those who need something more. Therapeutic recreation
can easily fill that need.
In my adult day health setting we do not call this time "Church,"
we call it "Spiritual Time."
The group leader or a patient-participant reads a selection
from scripture, we ask the group to say familiar prayers, or
to sing familiar spiritual songs.
You will note that the patients all have common memories of
prayer and music and this acts as a comfort to them.
The RT should keep things light, a brief analysis of the reading
(if you are Bible literate) is appropriate but please do not
bore your patients who may already be sleepy. Maintain their
participation by having them chose and sing songs they recall.
Occasionally bring in tambourines or other instruments for use
You can also use carefully selected taped selections to set
the mood. My Christian group also celebrates holidays together
- having an Advent wreath every Advent (the period before Christmas)
and special Lenten services during the lenten season (before
Patients who have not responded to much else have looked forward
to our weekly spiritual programs.
The group had become unified and I remind them that even if
they miss a group, they are really always with us in spirit.
It has worked wonders in the maintenance of good health and
good spirits around the facility.
Caring for the patients spiritual well being fortifies the holistic
approach that makes TR work as well as it does.