The spiritual aspect of care of elders in long-term care has only recently been re-affirmed. A social worker who has volunteered, worked, and consulted in nursing homes shares her perspective on the importance of the "spiritual" to nursing home social work. From the perspective of 40 years of involvement in long-term care, she offers suggestions for assessment, education of staff, and affirming rights in the religious arena. Workers are encouraged to keep hope alive for themselves as well as for those with whom they work.
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