Spirituality and the Elderly:: Nursing Implications with Nursing Home Residents

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Spiritual care is integral to quality nursing care for nursing home residents. Spirituality can be defined as dynamic principles developed throughout the lifespan that guide a person's view of the world; influence his or her interpretation of a higher power, hope, morals, loss, faith, love, and trust; and provide structure and meaning to everyday activities. Spiritually focused nursing interventions include silent witnessing, serving as a liaison, and active listening. Nursing interventions for spiritual care can be divided into four dynamic phases: self-comfort, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Spiritual well-being helps residents' total well-being and inner peace.

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