Chaplains throughout the Ipswich region provide invaluable support to our seniors.
With a calming influence and a listening ear, they show seniors that they are far from forgotten.
As a chaplain at Carinity Colthup Manor aged care in Ipswich, Jack Teepa has been supporting many seniors who were experiencing a difficult time in their lives.
Previously a military and school chaplain, Jack has been the chaplain at Carinity for the past nine years.
“My role entails a wide variety or pastoral care including devotions, praying with groups and individuals, leading church services, spending time with residents and families, and joining in the regular and special activities provided for the residents,” Jack said.
“I also listen to staff when they want to discuss any issues they may have.
“The thing I most enjoy about the role is contributing to making Colthup Manor a happy and safe place.”
Residents of the Ipswich aged care community feel supported and confident knowing they can have confidential interactions with Chaplain Jack.
“Rather than feeling they have been forgotten by being placed in an aged care home, the residents need reassurance that they are still loved and appreciated,” Jack said.
“All chaplaincy is important. Aged care chaplaincy, for me, is particularly rewarding because older people need to be heard, listened to, acknowledged, respected and valued.”
Queensland not-for-profit Carinity has chaplains who support people in hospitals, schools, correctional centres and aged care communities across the state.