At MHA, we get to know each person, their story and family, life experiences and interests. We understand that everyone has spiritual needs – a need for meaning and purpose in life. We believe that spiritual fulfilment ensures personal well-being and enables older people to live life to the full.
Spiritual fulfilment feels different for each individual. Religious faith, good relationships, and positive experiences all play their part. We see the beneficial effects of visits by family and friends, the presence of animals, and in engagement with nature, music, art or other creative activities, all of which can help to nurture the spirit.
We ensure opportunities are available to support spiritual well-being through:
We approach the task of caring for the whole person with warmth, compassion, humour, mutual respect, strength and hope, aiming to inspire and support all those who receive our care.
MHA fosters care, compassion and respect for individual spiritual needs.
Whilst our work is inspired by the Christian faith, we have always welcomed people from all religious traditions, as well as those without any religious affiliation.
Every MHA care service is supported by a dedicated Chaplain, who may come from a range of denominations. Some are ordained ministers and others are lay people. They provide a listening presence and one-to-one pastoral support for all residents and staff members, whatever their backgrounds or need, and organise worship for those who wish to participate. Where appropriate, residents are encouraged to maintain links with local faith communities.
For many residents in our care homes, MHA will provide them with their last home. Our Chaplains have a particular role in helping residents, and their relatives, approach their final years, hopefully with a sense of acceptance, peace and fulfilment.
Please watch our Chaplaincy Presentation below for more information.
End of Life Care
A key part of our work has been the development of “The Final Lap” – a programme designed to ensure that MHA homes are places where dying and death are faced openly and positively. Our staff are trained to support residents and their families as they explore what the last days of life will mean for them, as well as for staff and volunteers.
For further information on MHA's work in end of life care and support, email Keith Albans, Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality.
MHA has published many resources which take into account the spiritual aspects of people's lives.
These publications are available to download by Clicking Here. Alternatively, we have printed publications available to order by donation these can be found by Clicking Here.
MHA's Chaplaincy and Spirituality team also produces a monthly ePrayer Newsletter.