As part of this years Carinity Chaplains Appeal, local chaplains like Nefret Vickers are being highlighted for the support they provide to seniors.
As a chaplain at the Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community in Bundaberg, Nefret supports seniors who may be experiencing a difficult time in their lives.
After previously having worked as a nurse in aged care, Nefret saw the need for emotional support for residents.
“As a carer I tried to connect with residents as much as possible to support their social, spiritual and emotional needs,” she said.
“But there was not always time to do this to the extent that I would have liked.
“The role of a chaplain in aged care entails being proactive about connecting with people and building trust and relationship, because relationship itself is healing and supportive to any person.”
Chaplains play an important role in the lives of many people every day, providing a calming influence and a listening ear delivering support to those in need.
Residents of the Kepnock Grove aged care community feel supported and confident knowing they can have confidential interactions with the chaplain.
“Chaplains need empathy and the ability to display unconditional positive regard for those with whom they work, regardless of their beliefs or lifestyle,” Nefret said.
“They also need good listening skills and emotional intelligence so they can support others in processing their emotions.
“I have most enjoyed getting to know the residents and the opportunities to be there for them when they really needed assistance or encouragement.”
Queensland not-for-profit Carinity has chaplains who support people in aged care communities, hospitals, schools, and correctional centres across the state.
Contributions to the Carinity Chaplains Appeal will help ensure chaplains like Nefret can continue their vital work in the community.
Donations can be made online at carinity.org.au/donate or by phoning (07) 3550 3737.