Aged care is now a multicultural environment. Nurses who care for, or work with people from a cultural background different from their own should recognise that certain characteristics are ascribed to people simply by virtue of their being identified with a particular ethnic group. The aim of this chapter is to aid nurses to be sensitive, reach out to elderly people, become aware of their psychological and cultural difficulties and help them to maintain a sense of wellbeing in a foreign culture. This is challenging, but understanding how culture will affect perception will have a significant impact on positive outcomes for all concerned.
- Cultural factors in ageing
- Health-related cultural contexts
- Needs of the elderly
- Managing different behaviours