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Can Your Race Hamper Caregiving?
Posted By Sally Abrahms On September 20, 2012 @ 8:05 am In Caregiving | Comments Disabled
What’s it like to be a family caregiver  if you’re Hispanic or African American and your loved one has been hospitalized? “Invisible” is one of the words used to describe the experience. “Unprepared” for the enormous responsibilities (injections, tube feedings, wound care, complicated medical issues) post-hospital could be another.
To compile the report, “Meeting the Needs of Diverse Caregivers ,” just out from the AARP Public Policy Institute, researchers spoke with Hispanics (both English and Spanish speaking) and African Americans as well as nurses and social workers across the country.
See also: Dealing With Cultural Differences 
Many family caregivers were unsatisfied with how they were treated during their hospital stay and after. Here’s what they had to say:
Is there a “cure?” The point they all made was that there needs to be better communication and collaboration between family caregivers and health professionals.
African American and Hispanic caregivers came up with solutions, or at least ways to make the process more painless. Among them were:
These suggestions make sense. As the caregivers said repeatedly, they’re more than willing to do the work. But they need information and resources when they need them to do a better job and be more confident.
Have you had a similar experience with health care professionals? What happened?
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/200x200-caregiver-mother-daughter.jpg
 family caregiver: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/
 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Caregivers: http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/ltc/2012/meeting-needs-diverse-family-caregivers-insight-AARP-ppi-ltc.pdf
 Dealing With Cultural Differences: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-11-2010/culstural-competence-intro.html
 Language Services for Non-English Speakers: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-11-2010/cultural-competence-and-language.html
 health care professionals: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/providingcare/
 care coordinator: http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/info-05-2010/FS191-health.html
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