Valuing our Culturally Diverse Participants
I am pleased that you are taking the time to read this, my very first blog post! My name is Debby Klein Batelli, and I am the administrator of New Life Adult Day Care. If you are reading this post, it means that you may be interested in placing a beloved family member or friend at our facility. I strongly encourage you to learn more about the superior care your family member will receive while at New Life and look forward to our paths crossing someday soon.
I will use this blog to offer you timely and relevant information about the daily experiences and needs of older adults. I hope that, with each blog, you will find information that helps you to understand what an aging parent or friend is experiencing, so that you can better help them.
New Life is a culturally diverse facility and we are fortunate to have compassionate and caring bilingual staff to work with our clients. In this post, I would like to discuss the idea of cultural competence, and how we at New Life are in the forefront of providing care to our participants which is sensitive to their cultural values and preferences. From providing food that respects our clients’ cultural needs, to activities which cater to their diverse cultural backgrounds, New Life strives to show our clients that we value diversity and the rich traditions they bring to us. When a participant attends a facility which honors their backgrounds, they feel more comfortable, more understood, and are more willing to cooperate with the plans that their physicians and our staff members have developed for them. This improves their sense of social and physical well being.
We invite you to see for yourself the dynamic environment that is created when diverse groups of clients come together to share their rich traditions and values.