Caregivers, of course, will not always have the same cultural identity as their clients. Finding a caregiver who is sensitive to your loved one's religious, ethnic or gender identity can greatly improve the caregiving situation.
When searching for professional caregiving services, focus on finding agencies and people who can interact effectively with people from different cultures. In other words, people who are aware of their own cultural point of view but who respect and are open toward people who are different from them. As a part of a caregiving network, you can be culturally sensitive on behalf of your loved one, and advocate for her or him with professional care providers.
Here are some tips on how to provide support when dealing with religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation or identity, as well as how to navigate language barriers for those who do not speak English as their first language. Click the links below for full articles.