Caregiving for patients of different cultures
The aim is to bind a trustworthy relationship, and in fine to reach the outcome you are looking for. As a caregiver, acknowledging the cultural differences of your patients may have with you is important, because it can impact their needs and expectations from your role and your care.
What to know about religious patients’ expectations
Here are some considerations you need to keep in mind :
- They may feel uncomfortable to be treated by a caregiver from the opposite gender ;
- They may not eat some food ;
- They may not do some activities after sundown ;
- They may need to pray at certain hours of the day ;
- They may spend holy days you do not know about ;
- They may refuse blood transfusion.
Why is it important so ask about your patients’ beliefs ?
If it is not easy to bring up the subject of the religious background of your patients, it is nonetheless fundamental for a caregiver to know about it. They need to feel comfortable with you. Plus, you have to pay attention not to change your attitude and communication only based on assumptions.
Indeed, it is not because someone comes from a certain culture that he follows the rule you may expect. Everyone is unique and lives its faith according to its own choices.