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The Importance of Cultural Awareness in Home Care

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Cultural awareness involves being mindful of the similarities and differences between cultures, and using this to inform your care of and communication with members of different cultural groups. Respecting an individual’s cultural background is crucial to being able to provide person-centred care.

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Culture is fundamental to how we live our lives. It informs our way of life and is based on customs, beliefs, language and experiences shared with others. Cultural awareness involves being mindful of the similarities and differences between cultures, and using this to inform your care of and communication with members of different cultural groups. When caring for clients, it is essential to act in a way that recognises, respects and nurtures their identity, while ensuring you meet their needs, expectations and rights. Instead of working from your own perspective, it is important to consider the cultural perspective of the person you are caring for.

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Leanne Packham
01 Jul 2021
Gained a good understanding of cultural diversity where a consumer is involved. I learnt different things/ideas to consider.
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Mary Fletcher
08 Apr 2022
Important Aboriginal health care needs
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Rabina Bhandari
08 Apr 2022
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Kerry-Ann Blackett
04 Jul 2021
Helpful in our diverse community.
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Rosalyn Tan
30 Jul 2021
Cultural Responsiveness resource are very helpful and easy to understand. As a healthcare worker, I should be able to provide appropriately and sensitively care for clients of all backgrounds, and to communicate with my team members.
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Taritia Walker
02 Jul 2021
Good resources links to the many cultures
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Arlyn Flores
17 Jul 2021
Remember respecting the dignity and human rights of each patients is a fundamental in providing quality care.
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Karen
01 Aug 2021
It covered inportant information for proper care of clients
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Eileen Mckeown
03 Jul 2021
Great reading
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Neha Sunar
08 Sep 2021
It was very informative.
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