Bethany CollegeSide (Red Deer)

Spiritual Care Volunteer



Department: Spiritual Care

Reports to: Coordinator-Volunteer Services

Resource Person: Spiritual Care Practitioner

Location: Long Term & Assisted Living Care Facility, Housing- Bethany Care Society



In this important role, volunteers serve as an extension of the Spiritual Care Practitioners and improve the quality of Spiritual Care programs and activities through the provision of a ministry of presence to those in need. This may include but not be limited to being present with resident(s) and bringing or listening to music, praying, reading scripture, poetry, books etc.



· Demonstrate awareness and adhere to all Service Excellence Standards, practices and guidelines as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook and Orientation.

· Follow all infection control and health practices/procedures which may include use of PPE and specific screening in an outbreak or pandemic.

· Complete education sessions or mandatory reviews as required

· Interact with residents while supporting, assisting and encouraging them to participate in Spiritual Care programs, activities, services and visiting

· Assist staff in planning and delivering Spiritual care programs

· Prepare for the program, assist with portering and facilitate resident participation as necessary

· Tidy and store supplies when done

· Monitor safety of all involved in the use of tools, supplies or equipment

· Wear Bethany Volunteer Photo Identification

· Record volunteer hours

· Communicate with Spiritual Care Practitioner(s) regularly to share information about resident interactions.

· Exercise active listening and open-ended questions that elicit resident’s story and journey

· If appropriate, read scripture, pray with resident, sing hymns, and offer short devotion



· Ability to socialize with and assist cognitively aware, dementia care and/or physically challenged residents with a variety of skill levels

· Independent, reliable and flexible

· Mature, patient, tolerant, strong faith, empathetic and caring

· Experience and/or active participation in chosen faith community or Spiritual practice (is an asset)

· Able to articulate and describe their own spiritual practice(s) and resources which support their spirituality.

· Able to support and assist others’ spirituality without proselytizing.



· General Volunteer Orientation

· Security Clearance

· Standards of Conduct-Confidentiality Agreement

· Consent for Release of Personal Information-Photographs

· Receipt & understanding of Volunteer Handbook

· Two volunteer references

· Dementia Training recommended

· Complete any outbreak and/or pandemic training as directed