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Nursing Home Ministry

Nursing Home Ministry
Reference Materials


The following is a listing of books, groups and sources of materials for your senior adult ministry. (The mention of a person, book or organization should not be considered an endorsement of everything related to them.)

Acknowledgment is given to Chaplain Clyde Leimberer, who contributed the major part of this list. Clyde is a chaplain in North Dakota and is a member of The Life Care Commission Of The National Assoc. Of Evangelicals.


JOURNEY PUBLICATIONS - Authors, publishers and workshop presenters, Lyn and Bill Roche cared for two parents with Alzheimer’s, as well as an elderly grandmother. They write and speak with understanding and experience.

Coping With Caring; When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer’s or a Related Condition by Lyn Roche

Sharing The Care; When Someone You Love Resides in an Adult Care Facility by Lyn and Bill Roche NOTE: These materials are now available as surplus books only. We have a limited number of copies of "Sharing the Care".

THE SONSHINE SOCIETY, P.O. Box 327, Lynnwood, WA 98046-0327, phone 425-353-4732 Publishes a newsletter, large print songbooks, sing along tapes and other materials for those involved in ministries to the frail elderly.

THE SENIORS DEVOTIONAL BIBLE, published by Zondervan, has 365 devotional intended for the elderly. A topical index makes it easy to find appropriate selections. This Bible has been discontinued by Zondervan and we are currently loooking for a source. Please contact us with your specific requirements and we will attempt to locate them.

AURORA MINISTRIES: BIBLE ALLIANCE provides the Bible on cassette tapes free of charge to the visually impaired in any of 51 languages. Some other Bible messages are also available at: P.O. Box 621, Bradenton, FL 34206, Phone 941-748-3031
Internet: http://www.audiobiblesfortheblind.org/

NURSING HOME MINISTRY, A MANUAL is a complete reference for both the beginner and the experienced. This is a complete reference on the "how to" of nursing home ministry. In addition to great references, the "Needs & Concerns Chart" cites scriptures for many situation experienced by residents. This manual is currently available online on our web site. Please feel free to download and print the files and use in your ministry. A new revised edition should be available in the last quarter of 2003.

A SONG FOR GRANDMOTHER VIDEO AND BOOK by Dorothy Miller, is available from our web page. These materials are very useful in recruiting and training volunteers for nursing home ministry.

LARGE PRINT HYMNAL AND WORSHIP BOOK FOR ALZHEIMER'S WORSHIP SERVICES: These books are spiral bound and contain over 200 hymns, major liturgies of the church and other worship resources. Contact: Chaplain Duane Manson, 2127 Graham Circle, Dubuque, IA 52002.

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR MINISTRIES has materials available to help in your ministry. Contact Chaplin Dave Compton at P.O. Box 1886, Gresham, WA 99208, Phone: 1-503-491-1899. Internet: http://www.lyn.org

FRIENDSHIP SERIES PAMPHLETS are available from The Bible League in regular and large-print versions. Several are applicable for ministry: Who Cares When I Hurt, Someone Cares, and Living Long and Loving It. These are available at low cost at 1-800-334-7017.
Internet: http://www.bibleleague.org/

THE SERENDIPITY STUDY BIBLE, published by Zondervan and also available through the International Bible Society, has good helps and suggested questions for group Bible studies. This is available from the publishers and local bookstores.

"DIAMONDS IN THE DUST" by Joni Eareckson Tada is an excellent devotional book for the handicapped. Her organization is called JAF Ministries. Their web site provides information and links on disabilities.
Internet: http://www.joniandfriends.org//

THE ONE YEAR BOOK OF HYMNS, published by Tyndale, offers 365 devotional readings based on great hymns of the faith.
Internet: http://www.tyndale.com/

DAY BY DAY WITH BILLY GRAHAM is another good devotional to use in a care center.
Internet: http://www.billygraham.org/

THE LIFE CARE COMMISSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EVANGELICALS is a group of individuals, denominations and care facilities who meet together to address common challenges. Administrators look at concerns like regulatory issues, finances and ethics, while chaplains are working on developing a uniform training program and a support network. Write to the Life Care Committee Chairman, NAE, P.O. Box 28, Wheaton, IL 60189

SENIOR EVANGELISM PARTNERSHIP is a group dedicated to developing the methods, means and networks to reach America's senior adults. Contact: David Noreen, Email: dnoreen@aol.com

Senior Life Style Website - Affiliated with Senior Evangelism Partnership.

Significant Living, 1559 East Howard St.,Pasadena, CA 91104-2635.
(800)443-0227

CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF SENIOR ADULTS (CASA) is a ministry to leaders and pastors serving older adults in the local church. Internet: http://www.gocasa.org/

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELORS; Gary Collins, President, has 18,000 members who are professional, pastoral and lay Christian Counselors. AACC sponsors national and regional conferences and are a clearing house for several publications, continuing education, etc. AACC, P.O. Box 739, Forest, VA 24551, Phone: 804-384-0564
Internet: http://www.christiancounseling.org

THE CENTER FOR BIOETHICS AND HUMAN DIGNITY publishes a newsletter, journal and other items; sponsors regional and summer ethics conferences; a speaker/consultant/media bureau, etc. Address: 2065 Half Day Road, Bannockburn, IL 60015
Internet: http://www.cbhd.org/

STEPHEN MINISTRIES is a program that equips lay people to provide distinctively Christian, one-to-one, care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in the congregation and community. Address: 2045 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114-5765, Phone: 314- 428-2600.
Internet: http://www.stephenministries.org/

FAITHFUL FRIENDS NURSING HOME MINISTRY brings encouragement, ideas, and resources over the web.
Internet: http://www.faithfulfriends.org/

HARD CHOICES FOR LOVING PEOPLE by Hank Dunn is a good fifty page booklet on CPR, artificial hydration, ‘comfort measures only' and the elderly patient. Order from: A & A Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 1098, Herndon, VA 20172 - 1098 Phone 703-707- 0169.

IN-SIGHT BOOKS, Inc. publishes a variety of books, booklets, videos and tapes on grief, care giving, nursing home challenges, etc. by national speaker, Doug Manning. Write: In-Sight Books, P.O. Box 42467, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, Phone: 405-810-9501.
Internet: http://www.insightbooks.com

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS has produced quite a bit of good materials on grief support, pastoral care of the elderly and ethical issues. Write them at: AARP Inter religious Liaison Office, 1909 K Street, Washington, DC 20049
Internet: http://www.aarp.org

LIFE INTERNATIONAL stands for Living In Full Effectiveness and was founded by Drs. Win and Chip Arn to bring into focus research and Christian resources for the older adult age group. They have produced some booklets, videos and a correspondence course on ministry with older adults. They also host an annual conference for church leaders. LIFE INTERNATIONAL, 1857 Highland Oaks Drive, Archadia, CA 91006


Here is a list of some related books that might be helpful. Several of these may be out of print.

  • Dymski, Rev. J. Daniel, A Caregivers Companion: Ministering to Older Adults (Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1997).
  • Adelsperger, Charlotte, Effective Encouragement (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing, 1986.)
  • Joy L. Bolton, Ideas for Nursing Home Ministries ( Birmingham, Alabama: Woman's Missionary Union, 1990).
  • Kenneth C. Haugk, Christian Caregiving- A Way of Life (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Augsburg Publishing House, 1984).
  • Jacob D. Eppinga, As Long as I Live (Grand Rapids, Michigan: CRC Publications, 1993).
  • James D. Williams, In the Company of Others (Nashville, Tennessee: Convention Press, 1988).
  • Roger L. Hauser, Activities with Senior Adults (Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1987).

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