Spiritual Care at Tanunda Lutheran Home
Our Chaplain, Pastor Ian Lutze and Assistant Chaplain, Helen McNicol are valued members of the TLH team. Their role is to provide, co-ordinate and champion spiritual and emotional support for residents, families and staff across the organisation.
The chaplains manage the spiritual care plan of residents, identifying what is most meaningful and life-giving for the residents. Spiritual care is particularly focused on times of transition, grief and loss, health setbacks, loneliness, emotional distress and palliative care.
Where residents have a religious faith every effort is made to ensure they are able to continue their practice. We provide weekly church services in each area of the Home, and other commemorations like Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and an Annual Memorial Service. We collaborate with the Lifestyle Team in the provision of these services.
All staff provide basic spiritual care to residents, which may simply be occasional acts of kindness above the call of duty. Chaplains have a role in educating and supporting such care, while responding to all referrals from staff or families.
INDEPENDENT RETIREMENT LIVING
Chaplains provide spiritual care to residents upon request, while honouring already-existing community connections. They introduce themselves to new residents, and are always a friendly presence at dinners and events.
The TLH chaplaincy service dovetails with the TLH Congregation which meets in the Gramp Chapel every Sunday at 10.00. All residents, families, and members of the community are welcome to join us in worship on Sundays.