(RELIGION NEWS SERVICE) Chaplains working in hospitals and retirement homes that have banned visitors, even family members, are no longer providing only prayers and bedside rites to their elderly and quarantined patients. They are providing human company.
"People don’t want to be isolated," said Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, who oversees spiritual care at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, home to the only long-term chronic care teaching hospital in the U.S.
At Hebrew SeniorLife, which serves a large Jewish clientele, many have lived through the Holocaust; others are Russians who survived the Siege of Leningrad, Paasche-Orlow said.
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