Carers need to take the patient’s cultural background and beliefs into account when approaching end-of-life care, as the right approach helps nursing teams to better manage both physical and emotional pain.
For instance, certain monotheistic religions frown upon the use of any medications that may hasten death, whilst others, such as Buddhism, may prioritise maintaining mental clarity. As such, our care teams at Mayfair Care Agency will be sensitive as to how important it is for patients to remain mentally alert in their final days, in addition to how much pain is appropriate to endure and what alternatives may be considered.
People are particularly prone to looking back on their lives as they approach the end, in an attempt to find meaning. Being able to appreciate where this meaning comes from culturally can help carers to provide the appropriate emotional support and make them better equipped when it comes to communicating with family and friends.