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Developing Culturally Diverse Direct Caregivers for Care Work with Older Adults: Challenges and Potential Strategies

Journal Article
January 1, 2013

This article outlines the several specific cultural factors that, when left unaddressed, can impede the relationships between direct care workers and their nursing educators and supervisors. These factors include the effects of “immigrant cultures and languages,” “different intergenerational cultural constructs,” and “culturally derived attitudes about aging and dementia.” The researchers suggest training materials specific to these cultural factors that will create better relationships between workers and supervisors.

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Key Takeaways

More training is needed for direct care workers.
Cultural factors impact educators and supervisors: immigrant cultures, inter generational constructs, and attitudes.
Addressing these challenges will improve training for workers and quality of care for consumers.

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