Spiritual Care Reflection: The Rewards of Working in Adult Care

Spiritual Care Reflection: The Rewards of Working in Adult Care

By Renee Villa, Campus Director of Spiritual Care

Proverbs 17:3 “Gold and silver are tested by fire and a person’s heart is tested by the Lord”

This is a picture from our Campus of a late spring snow squall. The snowy day was an inconvenience, but I couldn’t argue with the beauty of the surroundings. Lately, so much has been stated about the many jobs that are waiting to be filled, particularly in health care. It takes a special type of person to answer the call to work in health care. Many times, it is through first-hand experience that one feels the call to work with the elderly: someone experiences a grandparent or parent who is declining in health and becomes their caregiver; one may volunteer to help, or one may be drafted. I myself was the primary caregiver to my parents and in-laws for approximately five years. After their deaths, I stepped away from elderly care, only to be called back to it as a career just a few years later.

Make no mistake, it is difficult work, but rewarding beyond measure! Ministering during a pandemic raised the bar of this work: Health Care 2.0. Somehow when your feet are to the fire, you find resilience you never thought possible in yourself and those around you. I am utterly amazed at the resilience and strength of the residents and staff I encounter every day.

Certainly there are days that are discouraging and difficult. Still, it is possible to find joy and blessings in every difficult circumstance.

It is revealed in the light in someone’s eyes when they know you understand what they are experiencing, or the gratitude that someone cared enough to be there.  

There is a hidden beauty in each circumstance, just like that snowy photo.

It may be more financially rewarding to remain at home, knowing there is a job that awaits you. But when I look back on my life, I hope I spent my time doing something more meaningful than binge watching $chitt’s Creek. There will be time enough to stream these programs when I transition from caregiver to the one who receives care.  Peace, Renee