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Our staff are special people, who attend to the needs of our residents with dignity, compassion and professionalism.  Staff know our residents by name, they know how they have their tea, know what activities they enjoy, make their family members feel welcome and help residents feel at home here.   We believe it is their commitment to compassionate care that is the Kirkbrae difference.


1Can Mum and Dad stay together if their care needs are different?

We will do our best to ensure that partners continue their journey as a couple.  Should the need in care be significant, our staff, services and support provide opportunities to stay in the one community and be as close to one another as possible, sharing meals, activities and time together.

2I am not sure what you mean by holistic care. Can you explain what this is?

Care is provided for the needs and interests of the whole person. That is, their health and mobility needs; their social, intellectual and emotional needs; their cultural, nutritional and dietary needs; their spiritual and religious needs. Kirkbrae excels in providing holistic care and services for residents, ensuring that their quality of life is maximised. In particular, the aspects of life that have significant meaning for the resident are an important focus for staff.

3Can you help me understand more about spiritual care, pastoral care and ageing?

Spirituality is the way we seek and express meaning and purpose; the way we experience our connection to the moment, self, others, our world and the significant or sacred.
(Adapted from California Lutheran Homes Centre for Spirituality and Ageing)

Spiritual care occurs in a compassionate relationship. It responds to our search for meaning, self-worth, and our need to express ourselves to a sensitive listener. It may include faith support, rites, rituals, prayer or sacrament.
(Adapted from NHS Scotland, 2009)

Pastoral care complements the care offered by other helping disciplines while paying particular attention to the spiritual. It is focussed on healing, guiding, compassionately supporting, nurturing, liberating and empowering of people. It is person centred and holistic.
(Adapted from Dr Bruce Rumbold)

Spirituality for someone who is ageing is an essential dimension that brings meaning to life; it is deeply associated with relationship, transcendence and hope. Increased awareness of spirituality is often seen in later life, especially through transitions, issues of health, end of life, and the need for forgiveness and reconciliation.
(MacKinlay, 2014)

Particular aspects of the spiritual dimension become more important for many older people. These aspects or tasks of ageing are: Finding final meanings in life (What has my life been for? Where do I find meaning now as I grow older?); learning to transcend the disabilities and losses often experienced; affirming relationships (old and new); finding hope in the face of physical and mental deterioration and frailty.

The goal of spiritual care of older people is to affirm the older person in their life journey, to strengthen resilience and support flourishing in whatever circumstances of life the person experiences.

(as quoted on the Meaningful Ageing Australia website May 2016)



4I don’t know much about Care in seniors’ communities. How can I learn more?

Please call us to speak to one of our specialist care managers. Tours can be arranged at times to suit you.