Meet Our Chaplains — Trixie Chin

Prioritising Human Connection

Trixie Chin, Associate Chaplain, Nursing Home (NH) & Senior Care Centre (SCC): 

“It’s a fact that we become less independent as we age. As such, I’m reminded in my daily work that my doing this is only possible by God’s grace, and that we all need to depend on Him all the time. 

“Many of our NH residents need to be cared for here precisely due to this reduced independence. Some are bedbound, and some can’t communicate due to stroke. And unfortunately, many of them also don’t get a lot of family visits or interaction with others. So it is important for us to understand and accept that they are struggling with frustration, boredom, loneliness, and other emotions, and also that they have different temperaments that approach and handle challenges in many different ways. 

“It can be hard to deal with disappointment when our efforts to connect with them wind up offending them and they and reject us, but we need to recognise that while we cannot help them with their physical and situational pains, we can (eventually) give them mental and emotional help. It does take a while to find and make connections when we are new to one another, but persistence pays off. 

“I try to make it a point to hold the residents’ hands whenever possible, for that human connection. It is a very warm feeling when they respond, like grasping my hand with the little strength they have. It’s very fulfilling to comfort, cheer, and encourage them, to listen to their stories and grievances, to pray with them and give them a sense of hope — this is my greatest joy in this ministry.”