My placement with the Nursing home and Residential care home was to help me understand the concept of growing old in this country and what different family values have when it came to caring for their elderly, in comparing with what happens in southern Africa. My home fulfils my needs and holds some of our family memories and reflects my priorities and taste. The placement gave an insight into the necessities of the existence of care homes, as to balance a full life cycle of some aged people and meet up to their human rights needs. My initial thoughts of spending time with the aged, in isolation, was exciting, but filled with fears, for in my culture it is un heard of to send away your parents to be cared for by an other than the family members. I reflected at nursing or residential homes as a mean attitude towards family values, I did not understand how one could isolate their aged parents and have then confined to a home, I wondered how a society can discriminate the aged, by placing them in a home. In my culture we are brought up to look up to the elders, to care for them within family members as when they get old, but this culture plans ahead of the care in managed homes as to their needs and or when they reach a certain age. That to me brought up questions, which with this opportunity of a placement I needed to explore. I felt I needed to get the answers from the aged, whether they felt discriminate, isolated from the members of their families or was it in their culture because they did not have a choice. I also wanted to find out from the staff whether they got the satisfaction of caring for old people. Diversity is broadly defined as differences in race, ethnicity geographical regions, sexual orientation, religion, health status and political preferences. It is our belief that all of those factors contribute to strengths and challenges within the life cycle and present different psychosocial needs and competences. I wondered whether...
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