The role of Christian religion for
people with dementia living in
care homes: seeking an
understanding from their
perspect...
name gender age MMSE Sub-type of
dementia
nationality denomination Time
Anne Female 91 17 Vascular Irish Roman Catholic 48...
1. ‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’
• Personal identity
• Hearing His call and doing His work
• Belonging
2. ‘Its a daily wal...
‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’:
Personal identity
oh yes , it part of me , that is ...me, being at church ...I
have to be ....
‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’ :
Hearing His call and doing His work
I always remember the night, in the middle of the nigh...
‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’:
Belonging
oh yes, I like going to the service and being part of it ...some,
..somewhere I n...
‘Its a daily walking with God’ :
He is a close friend
I, I er I am just there with a great close friend …… with
Christ. ( ...
‘Its a daily walking with God’ :
He is the good shepherd
a lot , a lot of things and er, when you go there and you see tha...
The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
•
Yea...
‘Its a daily walking with God’:
Communicating with Him
So is it like a conversation with God? Yes, that’s right yes , aski...
‘It’s a consolation’ :
Part of life then and now
Well I’ve always gone to church, go to mass and everything and
you know I...
‘It’s a consolation’ :
Faith practices and traditions
I am… am Catholic……. So I always used to pray before I go to
bed…….a...
‘It’s a consolation’ :
The hope of eternal life
Oh, I think my soul, I mean my soul goes straight to glory, there’s
no dou...
Themes How the theme links in with the
theoretical framework
Implications for practice
1. ‘Part of me’ and
‘part of it’.
T...
• Thank you for listening
• Any questions?
• patricia.higgins@oxleas.nhs.uk
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    1. 1. The role of Christian religion for people with dementia living in care homes: seeking an understanding from their perspectives. Patricia Higgins Memory service nurse specialist Bromley memory service 5th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality 9th July 2013
    2. 2. name gender age MMSE Sub-type of dementia nationality denomination Time Anne Female 91 17 Vascular Irish Roman Catholic 48 m Beatrice Female 88 14 Unspecified Spanish Roman Catholic 10 m Christine Female 88 17 Alzheimer’s English Church of England 13 m Donald Male 85 16 Unspecified English Church of England 65 m Elizabeth Female 93 19 Alzheimer’s Dutch Roman Catholic 53 m Florence Female 82 16 Mixed Irish Roman Catholic 11 m Gladys Female 88 17 Unspecified English Baptist 21 m Henry Male 91 15 Vascular Scottish Church of Scotland 24 m Ivor Male 87 10 Unspecified Irish Roman Catholic 16 m Josephine Female 87 19 Unspecified English Methodist 46 m
    3. 3. 1. ‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’ • Personal identity • Hearing His call and doing His work • Belonging 2. ‘Its a daily walking with God’ • He is a close friend • He is the good shepherd • Communicating with Him 3. ‘It’s a consolation’ • Part of life then and now • Faith practices and traditions • The hope of eternal life with God
    4. 4. ‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’: Personal identity oh yes , it part of me , that is ...me, being at church ...I have to be ...there...( Josephine) Well I feel I’ve got some faith, that’s what I’m, that’s my theme ( Christine) well that’s what I’m doing….. er…when I’m eating when I’m sleeping, and when I’m walking……….( Elizabeth) er.. well .. treating your fellow citizens as.. as er good , good people and er understanding them…( Henry)
    5. 5. ‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’ : Hearing His call and doing His work I always remember the night, in the middle of the night, again you were 3 in a bed, cos we were 13 children, and er…. That I was then there tossing and turning, tossing and turning and this voice within me kept saying, you never ever really asked the Lord Jesus to be your Saviour….and I said, well He knows, but you never really asked (laughs), in the end I thought, I can’t get out of bed now, they will know I’m getting out of bed (laughs) and I couldn’t take it any longer so I crept out of bed, found my knees and just said, Lord Jesus you know what I feel, you know all about it but please come in and be my Saviour in my heart and be my Saviour….. and er……. Then, and from that moment onwards, it was wonderful.(Gladys)
    6. 6. ‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’: Belonging oh yes, I like going to the service and being part of it ...some, ..somewhere I need to be part of the service ( Josephine) we support each other, and I mean,……… that…..list up there of times and dates is the church…welcome to XXXX, … which is our church, and er….. they are the different meetings, you know, that we have through the week…… which are different things that we can go to and get fellowship from whatever, you know. ( Gladys) Well I’m linked up with, with one of the local churches here and I, I, I go there each, each week.( Donald) Sacred heart of Mary,……. It’s a very prominent picture in the Catholic.. you know anybody in religion at all, they always pray to her. ( Anne)
    7. 7. ‘Its a daily walking with God’ : He is a close friend I, I er I am just there with a great close friend …… with Christ. ( Beatrice) And He has become what I would call my personal friend, He’s not just God up there, He really is someone that I can talk to. …..just that it is , it is as far as I’m concerned it’s a daily walking with God. ( Gladys) Oh yes, what I call like, ‘I come closer,’ that’s what my term is.( Christine)
    8. 8. ‘Its a daily walking with God’ : He is the good shepherd a lot , a lot of things and er, when you go there and you see that God has taken over now , now you got nothing to do, its God’s work , and then He will let you know. ( Beatrice) Well, I, I feel that He’s concerned about ….. everybody and……me as, as an individual as well.( Donald) Well it’s a difficult question to say , er, but I feel that the Lord has helped me in my relationships with my somewhere and stopped me going the wrong way .( Henry) I need it to...without Him...... .I would be lost........I wouldn’t ....I don’t know ..( Josephine)
    9. 9. The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want; He makes me down to lie In pastures green; he leadeth me The quiet waters by. • Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill: For thou art with me, and thy rod And staff me comfort still.
    10. 10. ‘Its a daily walking with God’: Communicating with Him So is it like a conversation with God? Yes, that’s right yes , asking for guidance as to what the best thing to pursue…… ( Henry) Just that I’m talking to the Lord and He’s talking back to me….. I mean sometimes I, I get the passage and I finish the passage and I can’t say that I’ve got anything special from it. ….Another time, I’ll have where something that’s so spoken to me that I’m thinking of it all day. …. You know, where the Lord has, well He’s picked up a passage and spoken to me .( Gladys) What, well its ….you know you’re …….. you’re there in the presence of God when you’re at church ….. and it’s a lovely feeling actually….. to be that way.( Anne)
    11. 11. ‘It’s a consolation’ : Part of life then and now Well I’ve always gone to church, go to mass and everything and you know I’ve been a devoted Catholic as one would say.( Anne) But I mean it’s a family that my father and mother brought us up on but they never rammed the bible or the ….. down, down our throats. We’ve had to … we’ve had God in ourselves and we all join together now and again..( Christine) Well having grown up with it and… I…..couldn’t leave it alone. (Donald) Well……. I don’t think my faith has changed much over the many years in the RAF and so forth……. But I still go to church ..( Henry)
    12. 12. ‘It’s a consolation’ : Faith practices and traditions I am… am Catholic……. So I always used to pray before I go to bed…….and then I go up, before breakfast….. make a cross.. ( Elizabeth) I say the Hail Mary, The Our Father, who art in heaven.(Ivor) Oh, I dunno………. It does …… it does help.( Florence) Well………it’s a consolation. I: What do you mean? Well if you’re feeling a bit er , you know…and say the Rosary it helps. How does it help? Well it’s er, …… you know it clears the head a bit when you’ve said it. ( Anne)
    13. 13. ‘It’s a consolation’ : The hope of eternal life Oh, I think my soul, I mean my soul goes straight to glory, there’s no doubt about that, if you read the bible, there’s not the slightest doubt that the Lord when He takes you…… He takes you, it isn’t death that takes you, it’s He that takes you to be with Him and I could honestly say without any doubt that if it was to happen tonight I’d be praising the Lord! ( Gladys) well, what would it be like, it would be like.. well home with Jesus , it would not be any , it wouldn’t be a strange or anything, it would be just home with Jesus..( Josephine)
    14. 14. Themes How the theme links in with the theoretical framework Implications for practice 1. ‘Part of me’ and ‘part of it’. There needs to be recognition of the importance of faith in the person’s life and as a defining aspect of their identity. Once this has been recognised we should consider how this aspect of their identity can be preserved and their dignity of identity maintained . 2. ‘It’s a daily walking with God’ The relationship with God is key to maintaining the dignity of identity relating to their faith . We need to support the person to maintain their relationship with God. 3.’ It’s a consolation’ The faith practices and traditions provide a link through time and are the means of maintaining the relationship with God and preserving the dignity of identity. To support the person to maintain their relationship with God we need to support them to continue with their faith practices and traditions.
    15. 15. • Thank you for listening • Any questions? • patricia.higgins@oxleas.nhs.uk

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