Anna Chaplaincy is adapting
Anna Chaplaincy is adapting. Our regular blog has many examples of Anna Chaplains innovating, determined to continue their vital links with people with dementia.
They are working with care home staff to continue regular opportunities for worship. This may mean helping staff ensure Sunday services are streamed live into the care home, perhaps shown on a television in one of the lounges. We spoke at a local Anna Chaplaincy hub meeting in Kent last year about this as a distant aspiration – coronavirus made it happen!
Anna Chaplain Elizabeth Bryson from Maidstone has three care homes in her parish where she would usually be leading services in person. During lockdown she is leading services at one of the homes via Skype; she also holds individual services by telephone for some residents across the three homes – singing, reading the Bible and praying with each person.
Others have recorded services for care home staff to play to residents, they have delivered the Church of England’s prayer book for coronavirus, or laminated prayer cards that can be sanitised and include prayers for when a person is dying.
Anna Chaplains are publicising the Daily Hope free phone line and delivering handwritten cards of encouragement. In Southampton, members of the Anna Chaplaincy network based at Caraway raised funds to create small gifts for each member of staff in local care homes – a bar of chocolate, some hand cream, and a thank you card.
Sally Rees, Anna Chaplaincy lead for Wales, has given copies of BRF’s Bible Reflections for Older People to local care homes so that they can be read to residents, and is sending her team resources to use in their regular phone calls to older people.