Providing Spiritual Care to United Church patients in health facilities in Regina
Rev Lorna writes,
COVID continues to impact the health facilities in Regina. Infection rates remain high, as well as hospitalization rates, and admissions to Intensive Care Units. There also seem to be some serious, long-lasting upper respiratory illnesses that are not COVID, which make it more difficult to get appointments with doctors or clinics. Which means Emergency units are full to overflowing a lot of the time.
In Regina, the health care system does not provide lists of patients who have declared their religious/spiritual connections – even if someone has asked you a question about that during admission! So, the only way I know that someone would like me to provide Spiritual Care is if someone contacts me.
The poster pictured here is posted all over the facilities in Regina – by the public elevators, near the cafeteria, somewhere in each unit of the hospital.
My work cell phone is there (306) 551-7755.
I provided care to one patient who saw the poster and went to the payphone on their floor to call and leave a message for me to visit. Many of the referrals come from family or friends or church family. I wear a clergy collar when I am in facilities – it’s my signal to staff about what role I’m playing. It has also been a signal to patients and residents – I have been approached by people who saw the collar and wanted someone they could talk to about what was happening in their lives.