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The Caring Spirit Approach to Eldercare


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How to Utilize The Caring Spirit Training Program and Guidebook; Why a Spiritual Approach to Training? Understanding Spirituality and Your Spiritual Self; Creating a More Spiritual Work Environment; Why the Work They Do Is a Blessing; Inspiration: How it Affects Staff and Those for Whom They Care; Spiritual Approaches to Caring for Elders; The Angels Are with You: Sources of Strength for the Work We Do; Spiritual Ways to Cope with Stress; Communicating from the Heart: A Spiritual Way Towards Healthier Communication; Rituals: How They Help People Stay Connected to Their Culture, Their Past and Themselves; Taking Care of Your Spirit: The Caring Spirit Way! Caring from a Spiritual Way: Why it Matters; Helping Families Connect from Their Hearts: A Spiritual Way Towards Healthier Communication; Spiritual Approaches to Stress; Helping Your Family Member ""Finish Well

About the Author

Nancy Kriseman is a licensed geriatric social worker with more than 21 years of experience serving as a program developer, trainer, teacher, and counselor for elders and the staff who care for them. She is also an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.


"an excellent, insightful training guide for staying connected to our hearts and souls as we perform the sacred work of eldercare ... [the book] should be required reading for all managers in long-term care facilities"--Interfaith Voice, National Interfaith Coalition on Aging"Reviews" (01/01/2001)
"[Kriseman's] step-by-step training exercises to help caregivers become more insightful, soulful, sacred, connected, and spiritual are warm and inviting and will definitely feed the soul, as well as improve long-term care environments."--Journal of Christian Nursing"Reviews" (01/01/2001)
"[The Caring Spirit's] understanding and presentation of spirituality is particularly sensitive... [the] lesson plans are simple and easy to follow [and] the exercises are interactive and enable participants to go deeper in their understandings and experience of caregiving ... The Caring Spirit will go a long way to providing a foundation for excellence in caregiving."--Center for Spirituality and Ethics in Aging"Reviews" (01/01/2001)
"The Caring Spirit(TM) has helped me to see my purpose for why I do this work.""This training has helped me to see how important it is to be spiritual at work and with the residents.""It has taught me to be more care oriented instead of task oriented, to show more compassion.""[It] made me realize that you can make a difference in somebody's life everyday and not even know that you have done so. Even a smile can change people."-- (01/01/2001)
"This programatic book is a helpful contribution to the expanding literature for implementing spiritual values and concepts in long-term care facilities."--The Center for Aging, Religion and Spirituality Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN"Reviews" (01/01/2001)
"The emphasis on 'conscious caring' is a welcome addition to the literature on long-term care. This book helps administrators, staff, families, and residents understand how living and working in a long-term care facility can be a blessing to all."-- (01/01/2001)
"This approach appeals to the spirit of those giving care while offering a fresh vision of what is possible in caring relationships. This book is a gift offering self care and self discovery for caregivers seeking inspiration and creative expression. The Caring Spirit approach should enhance the quality of lives, comfort and healing relationships in any setting."-- (01/01/2001)

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