Working with older people
"Remember we are all growing older! Our need for affection, for personal dignity and for acceptance by others increases rather than diminishes with the passing of the years. Try always to be sensitive to this in your visiting." (An extract from the Pastoral Visitor's Notes)
Extract from letter received from a Pastoral Visitor
"I am looking at ways in which the church can offer continued care and concern for its members who are no longer so mentally active, or have become increasingly confused. At present I have three ladies on my list who fall into this category, and experience seems to suggest that very often these people are forgotten about, or receive less and less visitors as their condition progresses, basically because visitors are unsure of what to expect and how best to respond.
Methodist Homes have produced a variety of information and resources about caring for the elderly. They have years of experience in this field and are a source of much useful information. Contact them at Methodist Homes, Epworth House, Stuart Street, Derby DE1 2EQ.
Tel: 01332 296200
'Second Wind' - spirituality and the second half of life - a resource for small groups, by Martin Wray - cost £6.50 (inc P&P) Available from MHA at above address.