Whether at home, in a nursing home or a hospice – people in need of care should always get the best care possible. Thereby, carers have to pay attention to individual factors like a different cultural background for example. REHACARE.com shows why this is so important by the example of some culturally sensitive projects in our Topic of the Month April: intercultural care.
Cultural diversity is not just a buzzword but has long been a reality in Germany. Given its 80 million residents, it is a melting pot of people with different cultural backgrounds. But how well are care facilities and services actually prepared to handle these cultural differences?
Companionship – that’s the meaning of "Dong Ban Ja", an outpatient intercultural hospice service in Berlin. This project by the Humanist Association of Germany (Humanistischer Verband Deutschland), Berlin-Brandenburg, is devoted to the care of critically and terminally ill persons. The key aspect here is the fact that patients are cared for by caregivers, who speak their language and understand their religious beliefs and culture.
About 1.4 million people in Germany live with dementia. Among them are also a growing number of people with migration background, including people from the Russian-speaking realm. It is important to address every person individually based on his/her cultural background – even in health care environments.