Visiting the Ill or Hospitalized
This program requires more time and training. Training
needs to involve listening skills, behavior around sick people and
procedures for visiting in a hospital setting. This program requires
some Wariness of one's own limits such as being uncomfortable in
hospitals, or with seriously ill people, or circumstances that can't be
Our Pastoral Care Team visits people in the hospital and follows
up with calls and visits when they return home. We frequently ask the
Neighborhood to bring meals once someone is convalescing at home.
We also try to support the family of the ill person
particularly if the illness is serious, sometimes using a second
Pastoral Care Team member. In addition to emotional support, the family
member may also need meals, transportation, or respite when the
hospitalized person comes home.