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Long term care expectations differ for Hispanic population

Aug 30, 2017 | Long-Term Care Planning

Culturally, many Hispanics are intent on maintaining the home environment for their elders as they age, a recent study shows. A recent poll shows that the Hispanic population has less confidence in long term care facilities such as nursing homes and that families tend to prefer to keep their loved ones at home. Some Florida nursing homes are taking a more attentive approach to the needs of this population in an effort to gain trust.

A poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that the Latin American population is not confident in the ability of nursing home facilities to meet their needs. Less than 20 percent of those surveyed expressed a high level of confidence. The study indicates that these individuals tend to expect services from home health aides that include transportation to appointments, grocery shopping and bill paying — services that are less commonly provided by health care professionals.

Hispanics also noted that a lack of cultural understanding and language barriers created problems with medical providers. Some Florida facilities are responding to the needs of this population by employing bilingual staff members who can more easily relate to patient needs. Senior day care programs are also focusing on building positive relationships with community members.

In Florida, a large Latin population means that the concerns of this group will likely be heard. Cultural understanding and comfort can play a significant role in the effectiveness of rehabilitation care and should be included in any”>long term care planning solutions. An attorney can be a guide for individuals looking for help with legal documents that ensure a customized, culturally appropriate solution for an individual’s long term care needs.

Source: West Palm Beach, FL Patch, “Hispanics Aren’t Confident In Nursing Homes, Poll Says: Here’s A Few Reasons Why“, Aug. 21, 2017