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Vladimír Smékal

Possibilities of giving psychological, social and spiritual support to seniors in families and institutions for social care


In the article is proposed idea to complete social and psychological support which is given to suffering people at elderly age also by spiritual support. It means: help to elderly people to experience meaning in life. It seems to be important to develop sensitivity for positive deeds in previous stages of life, for thinking about happy events in past life, to teach how to give attention to simple but enjoying things and events in present days. In the article there are described three dimensions of life at homes and social institutions: material, psychosocial and spiritual. There are also offered some variables to watch the spiritual situation of client and some techniques for spiritual support.

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