Research shows that spiritual care is an important part of the recovery process. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare provides the services of a chaplain with scheduled times at both sites. This position is funded by the Muskoka Chaplaincy Association, a charitable organization.
The chaplain supports patients, families and staff. Outside of the scheduled hours, a 24/7 chaplain service is provided upon request from within the community. The chaplain is multi-faith and non-denominational, and is trained to deal with a full range of issues that may affect patients, families and staff, such as:
- Loneliness, feelings of loss
- Issues around meaning and purpose in life
- Coping with lifestyle changes such as loss of independence, isolation or hospitalization
- Moving to a long-term care home
- End-of-life challenges and issues
- Companionship and support - need someone to talk to
The service is provided in a compassionate and confidential way. Prayer and religious rites are provided if you wish.
Spiritual Care Services
Pastoral care by faith-specific representatives is also available upon request to patients with a particular religious affiliation. Community Clergy are faith leaders in the different religious communities in the Muskoka area. Their role is to provide patients with ongoing support and offer them their particular religious rites while they are patients at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare's hospital sites. To protect privacy, a patient or substitute decision maker must communicate their wishes for a visit from their religious community. There are more than 50 different clergy members within the local community.
MAHC strongly supports and encourages patients and families who want to connect with their spiritual advisor to contact their local clergyperson. The request for a spiritual care visit can also be made by filling out a requisition form upon admission to the hospital, or by informing nursing staff. In the event of a crisis situation, emergency, or need for urgent pastoral care outside of the chaplain's scheduled hours, patients can inform the nursing staff and arrangements will be made to contact the clergyperson on call.
How to Access the Service
Huntsville Muskoka District Memorial Hospital Site
On-site Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Call the main switchboard at 705-789-2311 and ask to be directed to the chaplain. You may also use this number to ask for an on-call chaplain, if your request is outside the hours of service. Leave a voice message by calling ext. 2763.
South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site
On-site Mondays, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Call the main switchboard at 705-645-4400 and ask to be directed to the chaplain. You may also use this number to ask for an on-call chaplain, if your request is outside the hours of service. Leave a voice message by calling ext. 3490.