Pastoral Care with Young and Midlife Adults in Long-Term Care

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Learn how to work with people who are in need of long-term care to achieve a higher quality of life

A person living with a disAbling condition has issues and challenges much different from others. Pastoral Care with Young and Midlife Adults in Long-Term Care puts a needed spotlight on various disAbling conditions needing long-term care; the issues facing people who are disAbled individually and collectively; theology available to address concerns; insights into individual spirituality; and practical recommendations for pastoral care staff. Focusing specifically on adults between the ages of 18 to 64 rather than those over that age, this source examines ways to effectively work with those who have disAbling conditions achieve a higher quality of life.

Pastoral Care with Young and Midlife Adults in Long-Term Care discusses in-depth the issues which face people with physical or mental disAbling conditions. These include; the fragmentation of family life; health care issues; expenses; rights for people which varying disAbling conditions; labeling; suffering; ethics; sense of self; and coping with the adjustments of needing long-term care. The book contains a bibliography of source material; a glossary; and an annotated list of movies and videos that illuminate pastoral care issues and offer perspectives on death, dying, and grieving.

Some issues covered in Pastoral Care with Young and Midlife Adults in Long-Term Care include:

  • disAbling conditions
  • health care of women
  • health care of men
  • economics of disAbility
  • the impact of disAbling conditions upon the family
  • long-term care
  • rights and ethics for people with disAbling conditions
  • language
  • suffering
  • grief
  • acceptance
  • spirituality and faith
  • the faith journey
  • ethics
  • readjustment
  • and more
Pastoral Care with Young and Midlife Adults in Long-Term Care is an insightful, important book for pastoral care professionals, counselors, educators, health professionals, psychologists, and anyone with a disAbling condition.
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What People Are Saying

Junietta Baker McCall
"Like the ancient book of Psalms it is part lamentation and part celebration and declaration of faith in the midst of the trial and tribulations of having a disAbility and working in a long-term care setting. This mixture of personal life and professional experience BRINGS A DEPTH OF INSIGHT AND A COMPASSIONATELY SKILLED UNDERSTANDING OF CHAPLAINCY AND PASTORAL CARE as one partners with people with these conditions. . . . Consumers, families, and professionals will find this positive vision of long-term care refreshing and insightful. Rarely is a book for professionals written in a format and language that non-professionals can also understand and use with ease. But this book has a little something for everyone, a fact that contributes to building a bridge of understanding about life, disAbilities and related challenges. Consumers and families will find support and advocacy. Seminarians, clinical pastoral interns, chaplains and clergy will especially benefit from increased awareness of differing types of disabilities and the possible progression toward long-term care. Even more sophisticated professional in the pastoral and healthcare fields WILL FIND A GOLDMINE OF RESOURCES FOR HELPING persons who have a disAbility experience wholeness, community, and spiritual growth. I can see all these people moving around hospitals and long-term care facilities with this book in mind as they try out many of Dr. Sullivan's recommendations for pastoral care. What a better world that will help create for all of us!"--(Junietta Baker McCall, DMin; United Church of Christ minister; Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist; Director of Pastoral Services and chaplain; New Hampshire Hospital, Concord)
J. LeBron McBride
"Deals with immediately useful issues from the trenches of the real world and knows first hand about disabling conditions. Her pragmatic discussion of disabilities was forged among most challenging experiences; she had several siblings with disabling conditions, lived with a husband with a disabling condition, adopted a child with a disabling condition, and had a fall which resulted in her own disabilities. Additionally, she has been trained as a chaplain and pastoral counselor and worked in a facility for persons with disabling conditions. Therefore, she writes with the qualifications of few, if any, others. She is the expert on the 'lived' conditions of which she writes. . . . PROVIDES KEEN INSIGHT into the community, family, church, institutional, theological, and pastoral care issues surrounding persons with disabilities. . . . Does not withdraw from assisting us to face our denial about this and she deals with such hard topics as suffering, ethical and moral dilemmas, and crisis of faith. Those of us who are counselors can draw from the deep well of her experiences and words as we seek to give hope to others. Lastly, we may face our own confrontation with disability up close and personal and need her positive guidance."--(J. LeBron McBride, PhD, MPH, Director of Behavioral Medicine, Floyd Medical Center Family Medicine Residency; Pastoral Counselor / Licensed Family Therapist and Senior Minister First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rome, Georgia; author of Pastora)
James N. Poling
"Jackie Sullivan has written A BRILLIANT TEXT THAT NEEDS TO BE READ BY EVERY CHURCH LEADER. It should be studied in seminary classes, workshops, and training programs for pastors, deacons, and pastoral counselors. As a result of such a training emphasis, the church will fulfill its mission to care for 'the least of these.'--(Dr. James N. Poling, PhD, Professor of Pastoral Care, Counseling and Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789029416
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Families with DisAbling Conditions. Theology of DisAbling Conditions. Spirituality and DisAbling Conditions. Recommendations for Pastoral Care to Young and Midlife Adults in Long-Term Care. Conclusion. Epilogue. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Annotated Video Resources. Index.

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