Promoting Spirituality in the Older Adult
For the older adult, finding the meaning in critical life events or the meaning in life overall can be a challenging process wherein the nurse can have significant influence. Through the process of finding meaning, the older adult often grows spiritually. In addition, several research studies have shown that a sense of meaning in life was associated with improved psychological well-being, satisfaction with life, and overall quality of life. Assisting in meaning making can also help treat mental illness, as an inability to find meaning is associated with a higher incidence of depression and suicidal thinking
The purpose of this evidence-based protocol is to provide guidelines for promoting spirituality and spiritual care for health care providers working with older adults in community and institutional settings. Spiritual care refers to care practices intentionally chosen to promote spirituality, as conceptualized universally (rather than limiting it to only religiosity). This guideline is developed from a holistic perspective that views humans as being an integrated whole with physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions. Written 2006; Revised 2014.
Toolkit Included in Guideline:
- Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Spiritual Well-Being (FACIT-sp-12)
- Brief Assessment of Spiritual Resources and Concerns
- FICA Model
- HOPE Model
- Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC): Spiritual Growth Facilitation – 5426
- Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC): Spiritual Health – 2001
- Promoting Spirituality in the Older Adult Knowledge Assessment Test
- Process Evaluation Monitor
- Spiritual Care Inventory
- Promoting Spirituality Outcomes Monitor
- Annotated Bibliography of Selected Spiritual Assessment Tools
- Selected Spirituality and Nursing Books and References
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