Bethanie aged care celebrates chaplains at Purple Week event in Kingsley

Chaplain Roger Cowan. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d491197
Chaplain Roger Cowan. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d491197

NORTHERN suburbs aged care and retirement living provider Bethanie held ‘purple’ events at several of its sites last week to celebrate spiritual care.

Purple Week quizzes, morning and afternoon teas, singalongs, games and services took place at aged care homes in Kingsley and Yanchep and Bethanie’s Warwick retirement village from February 25 to 27.

James Mollon.

The initiative, introduced in 2011, recognised the role staff have in providing spiritual care, particularly the chaplaincy team.

“Chaplaincy is such a valuable part of Bethanie and I feel passionately about Purple Week, where we truly focus on the benefits this service provides to our clients and staff,” chaplain coordinator David van Leen said.

Ruth Stroud.

“As people age and physical and mental abilities diminish, quite often there is a renewed interest in spirituality and the spiritual support received from chaplains is invaluable.”

Chief executive Chris How said Purple Week was an opportunity to thank the chaplaincy team for providing spiritual care to customers and their families.

Beryl Foley.

“The little and big things they do make a world of difference and help to provide the best possible care,” he said.

Bethanie employs five full-time and fourteen part-time chaplains, plus several pastoral care volunteers.

Rhonda Ballarine.