Jewish residents benefit from Jewish pastoral care while facing the challenges of aging, loss, end-of-life decision making, and seeking spiritual fulfillment in their final years. Chaplains support the spiritual and emotional lives of all residents and patients in ways that enhance their overall health and well-being. In addition, chaplains help the caregiving staff manage the ongoing emotional demands of their work, which includes the presence of death and loss on a regular basis. Chaplains also work with staff to understand the Jewish aspects of their patients' needs.
CPE clinical training in a geriatric setting serves as important preparation for the congregational rabbinate or ministry and for most health-care chaplaincy positions.