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Cultural Considerations For ChineseAmerican Nursing Home Residents Brianne Dunkleberger Villanova University, NUR1101 12/02/2013
Many healthcare facilities have adopted culturally sensitive care as part of their patient centered team approach, but some facilities such as nursing homes, have been known to have less diversityuntil the early 2000s. Now increasing in diversity, these healthcare facilities are having to accommodate different customs and incorporate them into their patients’ care. The Chinese culture in particular are a growing population within nursing homes (Chan & KayserJones 2005). This has created some cultural conflict because it is hard for nonChinese speaking staff to communicate with their Chinese patients, traditional Chinese medicine is often not understood and can interact with some western medications, many Chinese nursing home residents are not used to eating western food and do not have the option of rice with their meals, and their endoflife beliefs are often not respected or carried out at their families’ wishes.
Traditionally, the Chinese practice “filial piety,” the respect and honor for parents and older adults (Chan & KayserJones 2005). Often elderly Chinese will live with their children whenever unable to fully care for themselves. This is an act of respect and dignity. With economic unpredictability, many ChineseAmerican’s have full time jobs and have to consider nursing home care for their loved ones instead of having the option of living at home with them. However, because English is not a primary language for many ChineseAmericans, communication continues to be an issue in the nursing home. This creates a sense of “need” for
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the rest of the family to constantly be at the facility to be able to communicate for the patient....