Spiritual Strength, does it matter? Recorded webinar access

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If you missed this, the second in our series of live broadcast Ageing & Spirituality Webinars, you can purchase access, see the details

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The Selwyn Foundation presented the second in its series of innovative Ageing & Spirituality interactive webinars on 10 February 2021.

Rod suggested that instead of talking about spiritual care we need to talk about caring in a spiritual way. Haufe et al[1] say, “spiritual wellbeing has repeatedly been found to be associated with positive psychosocial functioning and overall quality of life in patients receiving palliative care. Spiritual support from a patient’s medical team or chaplain seems to contribute to this. Many patients look to their doctors and nurses to help them make sense of their spiritual issues. But many doctors and nurses do not feel comfortable or equipped to do so. This, in part, is because palliative care has predominately focused on the prevention and relief of physical and psychosocial problems to improve quality of life.”

On 10 February 2021, Caroline Leys and Rod MacLeod discussed the five spiritual strengths identified by Haufe et al; and how to support and enable people to pursue and claim these five strengths before they die:

1: Meaning: finding significance, maintaining normalcy, experiencing sanctuaries, reassessing importance, reconstructing a positive self.

2: Connection: deeper sharing, opening up, caring for each other, looking at continuation of the generations (which is part of who am I, what is my legacy).

3: Agency: capacity to do and affect, maintaining control, refocusing goals, continuously adapting to what is happening on a day-to-day basis and sometimes hour-by-hour.

4: Hope: uplifting future, setting special targets, imagining alterative outcomes, building a collection, extending wishes.

5: Faith: trusting the supernatural (i.e. the sacred), living the tradition, relating to a benevolent force.

Rod and Caroline discussed this expanded way of viewing spirituality, and suggest how individual professionals and Teams can move into this way of working.

[1] Marc Haufe, Carlo Leget, Marieke Potma, & Saskia Teunissen. How can existential or spiritual strengths be fostered in palliative care? An interpretive synthesis of recent literature. British Medical Journal (BMJ) Supportive and Palliative Care 2020;0:1-11.doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002379.

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The Selwyn Foundation has been around for a very long time.

The Selwyn Foundation is an independent, faith-based New Zealand registered charity providing services to older people and their families. We have been leading the way in improving the quality of life of our elders for over sixty five years. As pioneers of the retirement village model and of rest home care in this country, we are uniquely experienced in providing residential care, independent retirement living and community outreach services for older adults.

With the dramatic rise of New Zealand's ageing population, the work of The Selwyn Foundation is more important than ever. Building on our achievements to date — and in keeping with our original Mission to provide quality care for elders — we will continue to innovate, diversify and offer a continuum of flexible care options that meet the present and future needs of ageing people and their families.


In keeping with our mission:

To deliver quality services that are responsive to the ageing person and their family, ensuring that our charitable outreach supports those who are vulnerable or in need.

Our activities are grouped in four key areas:


Enhancing the lives of elders who are vulnerable or in need.

To support our mission we reappraised our definition of 'vulnerability' and developed new, practical ideas on how our charitable mission could affect the quality of life of older people. We identified three particular areas where our help can make a substantial difference to those in need:

• Social isolation/loneliness

• Affordable housing

• Hardship support

These priorities are funded through surpluses derived from the various Selwyn villages, community services and educational functions, and through fundraising, donations, bequests, and sponsorship initiatives and in the future surpluses from commercial partnerships. We have partnered with Auckland Council to further build on our affordable housing goals in addition to our 81 rentals.


Investing in research and education to deliver quality care.

The Selwyn Institute takes a holistic approach to the wellbeing of older people and helps inform our charitable and business functions through knowledge-sharing, research, trials, innovations, and technology development.

The Selwyn Foundation is committed to opening up growth and skill opportunities that help our staff, their families and our residents.


Providing care and support to elders in their community.

Recognising that village life is not for everyone, The Selwyn Foundation is expanding its care and services to those who choose to remain living in their communities. Helping older people to remain connected through our Selwyn Centres, providing cost effective transport, health and fitness programmes, and providing products and services that they both need and want. All of this delivered through The Selwyn Way – our approach to care.


Creating thriving communities to age well.

We continue to build thriving communities, mindful of the potential need for continuum of care. With the development of The Selwyn Way, our approach to care, so too we have developed purpose-built residential care housing that allows us to provide residents with a more homely environment where they can find meaning and self-fulfilment.

The Selwyn Foundation

PO Box 8203, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150.

Telephone (09) 846 0119.

Fax (09) 846 0700.

Email: mail@selwynfoundation.org.nz

Website: www.selwynfoundation.org.nz

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