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  1. Slabaugh, Kristen DNP, CRNP, FNP-C, CNE
  2. Elliott, Brenda PhD, RN, CNE


The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant strain on home healthcare clinicians, shifting the focus of care to essential physical care needs. Spiritual care needs have always been present, but the pandemic has heightened recognition of the importance of spiritual care in home care. The goals of spiritual care include promoting physical healing, improving quality of life, and enhancing patient and family wellbeing. The use of a standardized spiritual assessment tool can increase provider awareness and patient expression of spiritual care needs. Spiritual care activities consist of obtaining a spiritual history, compassionate presence, mindful listening, interprofessional collaboration, and the provision of space for spiritual practices. This article provides a conceptual overview and strategies for application of spiritual care competencies.