Religious and Cultural Issues – Expectations based on religious and/or cultural practices, rituals, and differing belief systems between family members all need to be considered in the “ Whole Family Approach “
Are the expectations of the adult children and the parents consistent? Oftentimes, conflicts will emerge due to differing life experiences. As intermarriage becomes more common, the attitudes within the family towards religious and cultural differences have created new challenges, particularly among the different generations.
In our You Tube series on whole family tools cultural issues are key because this Danish born aging mother brings a cultural tradition of the “ “dutiful daughter” with her. This is a long tradition in her homeland where a daughter is chosen to care for the mother until she dies.
This conflicts with the American “here and now” because her 2013 daughter is an attorney with two teenage daughters who cannot exclusively care for her aging mother.
The geriatric care manager http://www.caremanager.org/ is able to assess these cultural differences using the Whole Family approach and find a solution that meet mother and daughter’s needs and get the care the aging mother needs at the same time