Our newly developed Home and Parish Healthcare Services are identified under the name “VITALity Catholic Healthcare Services”.
VITALity signals our commitment to bring new life and spirit into the hearts of those we cherish the most – our elderly and disabled, along with their families and caregivers, who sacrifice so much out of love to care for them so dearly. The following is a brief description of the services and programs we have developed and are offering through Vitality.
Care Coordination and Consultation
Staffed by RNs and MSWs, VITALity provides assistance to individuals and families to navigate the often complex and confusing maze of healthcare options and support services available. Early identification of health concerns is also a priority so as to address them before they lead to more serious problems. As personal healthcare partners, guidance and assistance are given to help access medical services that are needed, as well as monitoring and overseeing those services to evaluate their quality and effectiveness.
Hospital Chaplaincy Program
A new approach to hospital chaplaincy has been developed under VITALity. This new system of pastoral care ensures that all parishioners have timely access to Catholic Chaplains when hospitalized. Priest chaplains are partnered with deacons, religious sisters or lay ministers, as associate chaplains to administer pastoral care to patients, families and hospital staff. The chaplaincy team help in coordinating the visits of parish Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist; maintaining communication with the local parishes and pastors to inform them of parishioners that are hospitalized; and assisting patients being discharged to access the other health-related services being offered by the Home and Parish Healthcare Services Department of the Diocese.
Ministry With Persons with Disabilities
With the support of VITALity, , this ministry facilitates access to spiritual development for Persons with Disabilities to “ensure that the power of salvation may be shared by all” (Pope John Paul, II). The Ministry works to evangelize and serve Persons with Disabilities in the Diocese of Camden, so that they may be affirmed in all aspects of their faith life and reach their full potential as baptized members of the Church.
Ministry With the Deaf
With the support of VITALity, this ministry facilitates access to spiritual development for the Deaf to “ensure that the power of salvation may be shared by all” (Pope John Paul, II). The Ministry works to evangelize and serve the Deaf in the Diocese of Camden, so that they may be affirmed in all aspects of their faith life and reach their full potential as baptized members of the Church.
Parish Nurse Program
The expansion of this ministry is supported through VITALity giving more of our parishioners ongoing access to trained RNs at their parish. These nurses can screen, educate, and coordinate care needs, all with an added spiritual dimension, allowing seniors and those dealing with health challenges, to stay healthy and more effectively deal with chronic medical conditions in order to remain safe and independent at home, while continuing to be a vital part of their community.
Resource and Referral Help Line
A toll-free phone number 1-888-26VITALity (1-888-268-4825), available 24/7, which provides information on programs and services within the parish or community to address pertinent issues related to aging and disability. Callers are connected to the resource they need to provide appropriate care and support. Live email chats also provide additional access and a means to connect with Vitality staff.
Social Day Programs
Developed through the support of VITALity in a consistent manner across the diocese, individual parishes or deaneries provide a facility which affords the opportunity for our elderly to come together on a daily basis for physical activity, nutritious meals, social interaction and recreation, spiritual exercises along with health screening and monitoring.
Stephen Ministry Program
The growth of this ministry is supported through VITALity. Stephen Ministry fosters the emotional support of all parishioners and members of the community through life’s challenges which arise secondary to aging and disability, including isolation, separation, death, and the human struggles of extending one’s self for the care of others. Well trained individuals provide emotional and spiritual support by listening, praying, and extending acceptance as they enter into a one-on-one confidential relationship with their care receivers.