Plans, organizes, and delivers pastoral care services in keeping with the provision of care standards and activities in the facility.
Provides pastoral guidance, leadership, support, counseling, and education to residents, family members, and facility staff, including grief/loss counseling, and stress management.
Plans and conducts all regular and special services of worship, (i.e. communion, memorial services, etc.). Involves residents in planning and implementation, when appropriate.
Uses clinical assessment skills to obtain and utilize information pertinent to residents’ spiritual and religious interests and to assure appropriate access to religious/spiritual resources in emergency and non-emergency situation.
Works with staff and families to identify and assess religious concerns of resident. Develops and implements spiritual care plans as needed.
Utilizes appropriate communication skills and teaching in negotiating with residents, families and staff members to accomplish resident care.
Responds in a timely manner to resident, family, staff and administration referrals, questions and concerns.
Visits hospitalized residents and those admitted to the Health Center.
Provides leadership resources to the facility’s Medical Care/Ethics Committee, as applicable.
Supports and maintains department activities and operations essential to achievement of department and organization goals.
Assists in the preparation of department budgets and allocation of funds based on cost studies and review of department operating procedures.
Initiates, stimulates, and facilitates planning for change and supports change initiatives. Responds in a flexible manner to a changing environment.
Participates as a member of the management team in planning and implementing programs that are designed to assist residents in functioning at an optimal level.
Coordinates optimal use of organizational resources, including effective time management.
Utilizes problem-solving skills through assessment, review and resolution of problem while involving others in process.
Promotes effective working relationships among management, staff, residents, resident families and the public.
Recruits, trains and supervises volunteer chaplains (as well as lay volunteers) to provide special programming and one-on-one spiritual care to residents.
Meets deadlines on special projects, reports and applicable audits as requested.
Prepares narrative and statistical reports documenting departmental activities as required by supervisor.
Participates in survey activities on behalf of the community. Insures facility is in compliance with applicable regulations and standards of pastoral practice
Maintains a professional identity by fostering the growth and development of self.
Conducts and/or coordinates in-services for staff in fields of community and organization pastoral care program as appropriate.
Initiates and participates in community, educational and professional programs related to care of the elderly. Acts as a resource to the community.
Works to establish and maintain co-operative relationships with area clergy and churches. Provides in-service education of area clergy and laity on various topics as requested.
Acts as liaison with residents’ home church when able to do so.
Demonstrates extensive knowledge of current developments in long-term care and personal care.
Is flexible with time on duty based upon job-related activities and resident care needs.
Participates as a team member of an interdisciplinary team and works well with others.