Senior Care in Ballantyne, NC: Working With Cultural Diversity

The United States has become more culturally diverse than it was a century ago. All ethnic minority groups are growing, and with the burgeoning number of aging adults in America, a rapidly growing percentage of them are from minority cultures. The projections for the year 2030 indicate that almost 11% of elderly adults in America will be Hispanic, 10% will be of African American descent, and 5% will be of Asian descent.

It is more likely that the elderly adults from minority groups will have lived in poverty conditions and experienced a greater amount of illnesses than the Caucasian group. It is essential for people working in the helping professions to understand how these and other factors influence the elderly Americans they will be providing care for. Both socio-economic and cultural factors shape who we are as individuals, and they are important considerations to include when providing care and compassion to elderly adults.

Senior Care in Ballantyne, NCBeing culturally competent means that you understand and know how to respond to individuals who are from a different cultural heritage than your own or different from the norm. You are better equipped to meet someone’s needs when you truly understand those needs in light of their unique culture or situation.

Part of being culturally competent is studying the structure and interaction patterns of racial minority families. What are some of the values, expectations and familial roles of the culturally diverse older American? How are things done in their culture and their family?

Being an effective and culturally knowledgeable helper goes a lot farther than just knowing about the person’s culture. It also includes acting knowledgeable and with an open heart and open mind to the beliefs, values and needs of another individual.

Unique challenges of cultural diversity are also accompanied by surprising rewards. Truly knowing and understanding an individual, and then seeing how your interactions with them can make a huge impact in their life simply because you understood and their uniqueness is remarkable.

Cultural competence also adds spice to your own life. It opens your eyes and broadens your horizons as you learn more about other people, their way of life and how they interact with other members of their family. You learn how they view society and what they value in life and in relationships. It helps you to question your own values and decide where your own priorities in life should be centered.

If you or someone you know needs help with senior care in Ballantyne, NC contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare. We provide quality and affordable senior care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454  for more information.

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Charlotte, Gastonia, Waxhaw, Matthews, Huntersville, Concord, Ballantyne, Mint Hill, Weddington, Pineville, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union

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About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.