Understanding a person’s cultural perspective is a key element of quality End of Life care and services. Cultural influences may significantly impact the choices that you and your family make to manage this challenging time.
Today, more healthcare, comfort care and End of Life professionals are better prepared to support a multi-cultural approach to final decision-making.
Fostering trust is vital to a person’s End of Life care. Final care means more than treating physical symptoms. It extends to a person’s psychological and spiritual needs, which are greatly influenced by their cultural perspectives.
Responsible professionals use culturally competent ways to explain and support healthcare, comfort care and End of Life choices. Cultural competency refers to how patients and healthcare professionals discuss health concerns with cultural differences enhancing, not hindering the conversation. Lack of culturally sensitive discussion may compromise End of Life care or comfort.
Providers often use cultural assessments to learn about their patients’ unique culture(s). This is an important way to honor diversity through accepted End of Life care and treatment.
Many hospice organizations promote awareness and sensitivity by providing cultural competency training to their staff and volunteers. Effective professionals understand that their own values may differ from their patients. They are aware of their own biases and how these may impact those they care for.