Chaplains serve in many hospital settings, and some are assigned to rehabilitation
units. They act as spiritual counselors to help patients, families, and the healthcare
Through periods of crisis
Reaffirm their spiritual beliefs
Maintain or establish relationships with a church or house of worship
Make daily rounds and on-call 24 hours a day pastoral services
Chaplains may be ordained ministers or priests, or may have attended a chaplaincy
or pastoral care program through a university or hospital.
Because rehabilitation focuses on the whole person — physical, emotional, social,
and spiritual, the chaplain often plays a special part in helping a person with a
disability cope and recover. When a hospital or rehabilitation center does not employ
a chaplain, the patient's own clergy or spiritual advisor often performs these functions.