Yes, there is an App for everything these days — including the new free “Geriatrics Cultural Navigator” iPhone App for eldercare workers:
Are you a clinician caring for older adults from different ethnicities? Do you want to better understand the role of culture and ethnicity in health care in order to make better decisions about these patients? Then the Geriatrics Cultural Navigator is just the tool for you. The Navigator offers quick guidance on different cultures — including preferred forms of address, nonverbal communication, acculturation, culture-specific health risks, disclosure and consent, tradition and health beliefs, gender issues, approaches to decision-making, and use of advanced directives.
Developed by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), this App “reflects our melting pot — providing clinical decision-making support for Americans from a variety of cultures.”
Cultural and racial sensitivity is no joke in nursing home and other eldercare settings and we strongly applaud AGS for developing this App. Although the idea of a multi-culti iphone App may sound trite or overly PC at first blush, a glance at some screenshots from the App shows some pretty useful cultural insight for caregivers:
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Of course, anyone who has worked in a nursing home has dealt with racial issues related to caregiving and they might point out that it’s often the elders who are in need of a racial-sensitivity App. This news story from McKnight’s Long Term Care News is a case in point:
All nursing homes in Indiana will be notified of a recent court ruling that declared that nursing home residents cannot specify treatment from a particular caregiver based on race, state health officials said recently.
The ruling stems from the recent case of Brenda Chaney, a black nursing assistant who was prohibited by her facility from treating a patient who preferred only white caregivers.
The AP reports that this decision will likely be the national model for all nursing homes, which are regulated by the federal government.
I’m very curious to hear what our readers think about racial sensitivity and eldercare. Is anyone out there going to download this App and try it out? And what do you think about the Indiana ruling?
H/T to GeriPal for blogging the Geriatrics Cultural Navigator.