When most people think about diversity, equity, and inclusion, their minds will likely gravitate towards colleges, offices, and elections ... places in which these terms are used often. However, these terms are important to consider in other situations, as well, since they can play a major part in many people’s lives. These terms seek to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunity for all people, no matter the circumstance.
A place where people often do not think about diversity, equity, and inclusion playing a crucial role is senior care; however, all senior care facilities and in-home care services for seniors should strive to put these values into practice. If you are looking into a senior care service for a loved one, make sure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are emphasized.
What Should I Look for in Senior Care For My Loved One?
In addition to looking for a senior care
service which will meet your loved one’s unique medical and care needs, make
sure you choose a senior care service which supports their basic human needs, including diversity, equity, and inclusion. You want to make sure their new home will be a place where they feel welcome, where they will meet interesting people with diverse interests, and where people are accepted regardless of their race, religion, gender, national origin, background, or the constraints of their illness.
How Can a Senior Care Service Practice Diversity?
There are two major ways in which a senior care
service can practice diversity: in hiring people of varied identities, and having residents with varied identities (race,
gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability, etc.). Diversity is important in all types of senior care services,
as it will allow residents to both meet people similar to them, as well as
people who are completely different. Spending time with people who are both similar and
different will help seniors feel at ease socializing with people who make them feel comfortable, and also give them the opportunity to reach out to those who have different perspectives and life experiences. These opportunities will enrich the lives of aging adults.
Likewise, it is important to make sure that senior services are not discriminating against their residents in any way. You do not want your loved one to be treated poorly because of their background or medical condition.
What Does Equity Within a Senior Care Service Look Like?
Equity, in terms of senior care, simply means
that all seniors are treated equally and fairly no matter their
socio-economic status, race, religion, gender and capabilities. Seniors utilizing a senior care
service should all have an equal opportunity to access needed services, medical care,
information, and resources.
If a senior care service does not treat all
clients the same, it may be worth your time to either look elsewhere, or to
find out the reason for the different services. Is it because of differences in their medical diagnosis, or differences in their Medicare Supplement plan? If not, you might want to gently educate the staff on how they can treat your loved one more fairly. Perhaps they are unaware of how to meet the social, religious, emotional and physical needs of all their residents. Offer them some simple solutions they can easily implement.
How Can a Senior Care Service Practice Inclusion?
Diversity and equity, combined with inclusion,
means that all people are invited to participate and feel welcome and
comfortable when utilizing senior care services. Senior care facilities should
value all residents' opinions and well-being. Similarly, assisted living communities
should strive to go above and beyond to offer services which celebrate their
client’s differences; whether those are racial differences, physical capability
differences, or any other differences common in the senior community. The facility should also encourage current residents to be welcoming and accepting of new residents.
A care community which is inclusive will nearly always be an outstanding choice for your loved one.
Find Quality Senior Care for Your Loved One
As you look for senior care for your loved one, be sure to find one which has their best interests in mind. Choose a facility which will take care of their medical, emotional, and physical needs, as well as consider their basic need for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Use this post as a guide as you make your decision.
About the Author
Kelsey Simpson enjoys writing about topics intended to improve the lives of other people. She lives in South Jersey, is the proud companion to two German Shepherds, and spends her free time volunteering in dog shelters.
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