Understanding the Diverse Forms of Spiritual Expression of Older People in Residential Aged Care in Australia

  • Ann HarringtonEmail author
  • Victoria Williamson
  • Ian Goodwin-Smith
Original Paper


The ability of older people to express their spirituality is an important component of aged care. Spirituality is not specifically religiousness although, for some, religion offers a means for spiritual expression. This paper aimed to explore what constitutes spiritual life for residents in three residential aged care facilities in South Australia. The findings of the research demonstrated that the majority of older resident participants defined spirituality as ‘connection/s’. Three unexpected results of the study became obvious during analysis, reported here as ‘loss’, ‘adaptation’ and ‘they’re busy’. It is offered here that these adjustments enabled participants to compensate for their losses.


Nursing Spirituality Aged care Older people Connections 


Author Contributions

Each author made a substantial contribution to the paper in regard to (a) conception and design, and analysis and interpretation of data; (b) the drafting of the article and revising it critically…(c) approval of the version to be published.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Care for the Older Person, College of Nursing and Health SciencesFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.College of Nursing and Health SciencesFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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