Transcultural nursing strategies for carers of people with dementia

Bunting, M. and Jenkins, Catharine (2016) Transcultural nursing strategies for carers of people with dementia. Nursing Older People, 28 (3). pp. 21-25. ISSN 14720795 (ISSN)

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Caring for a family member with dementia is stressful, and carers from all backgrounds often feel overwhelmed and under-supported. Professional and family carers' perceptions of the challenges and satisfactions of caring are influenced by culturally derived expectations. However, experiences of caring often differ from stereotypical norms. Experiences of carer stress and beliefs about the nature and extent of support that can be expected from social networks and statutory services may differ between cultural groups in the UK, but sensitive advice, information, and emotional and practical support are universally required. Transcultural comparisons reveal similarities between carers' needs and enable identification of values-based culturally congruent recommendations that nurses can use to promote black and Asian minority ethnic carers' confidence and well-being. This article, based on practice experience and a literature review, explores the effect of caring among different cultural groups and offers recommendations for culturally congruent interventions to support carers. It provides evidence-based guidance to enable nurses to meet their responsibilities for transcultural working, as laid out in the Care Act 2014. A scenario illustrates recommendations for practice. © 2016 RCNi Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
16 January 2015Accepted
31 March 2016Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carer burden, Carers, Dementia, Diversity, Older people, Transcultural care
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:16
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15

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