Mercy Health wins spiritual award

The Spiritual Australia Pastoral Care Award presented to Mercy Care.
The Spiritual Australia Pastoral Care Award presented to Mercy Care.

Staff at Mercy Place Mount St Joseph’s in Young were a part of the winning team to be recognised at the Spiritual Care Australia – Best Care Awards 2018.

The team won the Outstanding Spiritual Care Team category for their work using reverie harps in aged care homes across Australia including at Mercy Place Mount St Joseph's.

The reverie harps were introduced to nurture spiritual wellbeing and develop the role of music in end-of-life care.

Mercy Health Aged and Community Care Pastoral Care Manager Michael Taylor said the warmth of living music can bring a sense of solace, dignity and grace to those nearing the end of their lives.

“The quiet and meditative sounds of the harp can have a profound therapeutic effect on a dying person,” Mr Taylor said.

The Mercy Health Foundation purchased 18 of the reverie harps for Mercy Health aged care homes following a generous donation by the late Betty Amsden AO.