Faith communities can treat body, mind and soul


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Teri Helton, Particular to Ventura County Star
Printed 10:00 a.m. PT Oct. 17, 2020


A Thursday night time service at Calvary Group Church in Westlake Village reveals how church leaders are working to adjust to COVID restrictions.

Ventura County Star

Not too long ago Kaiser Well being Information produced an episode concerning the closing of the one hospital in Ft. Lewis Kansas, a city of about 8,00zero folks, adopted by the closing of its solely dialysis middle and a number of doctor places of work.

These closings are inflicting the folks of that neighborhood elevated hardship in assembly their well being wants and growing their monetary burden whereas on the identical time the job alternatives hold disappearing.

This story informs how very privileged our communities in Ventura County are with a number of providers obtainable. There are 5 hospital techniques, numerous medical clinics and doctor places of work and not less than a dozen dialysis facilities.

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The federal government mandated Ventura County Space Company on Growing old is a frontrunner within the nation providing a number of kinds of assist, equivalent to schooling on fall prevention, counseling on diet, meals and transportation.

The Camarillo Well being Care District is one among few well being care districts within the nation, companions with the county company in supporting the older inhabitants whereas taking it a step ahead in additionally providing schooling and assist to those that are youthful than 60.

Moreover, there are nonprofit organizations like Senior Issues and Oxnard Household Circle, in addition to senior facilities in every metropolis. And to not be forgotten is the Ventura Volunteers: CAREGIVERS aiding the aged, a caregiving group that serves over 500 people, making an attempt to assist them keep of their properties safely.

The floor has solely been tapped on what assets and providers are accessible in Ventura County.

Contemplating all of the providers and knowledge obtainable, there needs to be continued concern that many individuals face outstanding well being points alone, typically not realizing there are assets and helps inside a cellphone name or web connection.

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Dementia, diabetes, lack of listening to and sight, frequent falls and loneliness are only a few of the well being points being confronted by people who typically usually are not getting sufficient assist.

Nevertheless, all is just not hopeless. The massive plus is that schooling, assets and assist can be found and without charge. The larger downside is getting the knowledge to the folks and connecting them to the correct useful resource and assist system.

The reply to the issue very doubtless lies inside religion communities of each sort. Religion communities are a fertile floor for connecting well being and religion. For hundreds of years, religion communities introduced the therapeutic arts of drugs, caring and well being schooling to the general public and to people.

However as science superior, many centered on the medical marvels science wrought and have become blind to the religion a human soul wants. And on the identical time, religion communities divorced themselves from science, concentrating solely on tending the soul.

Nevertheless, over time society has discovered {that a} human is most wholesome when the physique, thoughts and soul are equally cared for. So, as soon as once more, many religion communities are striving to care for people as a “complete individual” of physique, thoughts and soul.”

These religion communities unite collectively well being and religion and have the power to attach people to a number of assets all through the county. These religion communities are the supply of furthering assets, assist and schooling for the people who find themselves not getting sufficient help.

Their caring work could possibly be enhanced by constructing well being or caring groups or ministries and by offering assist teams and lessons centered on well being with non secular helps entwined that match their religion traditions.

These religion communities might do it alone, however their applications could be stronger once they work with different religion communities, receiving schooling and mutual assist. All attainable via Religion in Motion, a program of Caregivers. Not only a dream, however a actuality that may function all religion are known as to do.

Teri Helton, a religion neighborhood nurse who volunteers because the neighborhood engagement coordinator for the nonprofit Caregivers, is a member of the Conejo Valley Interfaith Affiliation, which meets month-to-month and welcomes clergy and representatives of all spiritual faiths. She may be reached at

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