Reflective practice

A patient derived great comfort from the spiritual care I provided

Alison Humphries learned the real meaning of holistic care while on a placement in a care home.

Alison Humphries learned the real meaning of holistic care while on a placement in a care home.

Abstract

While I was working a shift in a care home as part of a five-week clinical placement, one of the residents became concerned that his failing memory was causing him to forget the words to the Lord’s Prayer.  The client, whom I will call Jim, was a 72-year-old man with terminal throat cancer. He had been a resident at the care home for two months when I met him, and his wife and sister visited him daily.

Jim told me that he attended church as a child, but had not been throughout most of his adult life. Then one Sunday morning, he said, he woke up, got dressed and headed out. His wife asked him where he was going and he replied that he was going to church because he felt that he needed to.

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This article was published in Nursing Standard, 16 October 2013, volume 28, issue 7.

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