Health and Social Care
To remember something is the process by which the human brain brings forth information it has stored over time to the conscious state of mind. To recall, on the other hand, involves remembering something voluntarily. Every individual, from the time of birth when the brain is fully developed, is able to retain certain information in their brain (Fouad 2011). This information will, later on, come to life voluntarily or involuntarily and this is what remembering and recalling entail. Remembering and recalling is beneficial for everyone because of a number of reasons. According to Fouuad (2011), the information and experiences we encounter in life all have both positive and negative influences. It is with the help of this information that one is able to define themselves and deal with whatever life throws their way. As one grows up, good memories shared with loved ones and friends becomes a vital part of life. This is because we all strive to have better days and happy moments in life.
Recalling good memories enables us to have better relations with the people in our lives. This yields positive energy in our lives and we become better people in so many ways, including our decision making processes (Langridge et al. 2014). Bad memories also play an important role in our lives too. They provide us with a basic foundation for differentiating what is wrong from what is right. This is another aspect that molds an individual’s character. When a young child is growing up, the disciplinary actions taken against him/her will help them become better people or bad people in the society later in life. Whenever they encounter a challenge, they can easily recall the consequences of a similar situation from their memories.
As one ages, the memories they have collected over time become the storyline of their life. This is one of the main ways through which history is passed from one generation. It is a further testament to how crucial history is to human existence. Cultural ways and trends are passed down from one generation to another through memories recalled by the elderly. However, as
Allen and Spitzer (2015) report, Alzheimer's disease robs people this precious content from their lives, indicating just how sad it is to deal with a case of Alzheimer's diseases in the family. Without our memories one might say we have no identity to who we are. This is why memories are a big part of everyone’s life. Being able to remember information and recalling is beneficial for everyone later in life.
2. Why is it important for health and Social Care practitioners to
Understand cultural sensitivity?
Health and social care practitioners are trained professionals with a set of skills on how to deal with individuals with varied social and health needs. They deal with the physical and psychological well-being of a patient (Langridge et al. 2014). It is important for a health and social practitioners to fully understand the issue of cultural sensitivity and what it entails, when dealing with a patient and his/her family. When a health and social care practitioner is executing his/her professional duties, he/she is expected to uphold certain values and practices that are in line with their professional code of conduct and practice. It is these attributes or values that enable a patient to seek help without feeling like they will face any form of discrimination and/or prejudice.
A practitioner who upholds his/her professional values is prepared to deal with people from all walks of life. They have also received thorough training on how handle a patient under varying conditions and challenge (Graham & Steven 2008). These challenges may vary from language barriers to cultural practices not embraced by everyone. It is important for the practitioner in charge not to discriminate an individual based on cultural differences. Being culturally sensitive to every person that a health practitioner deals with makes the patient more comfortable to receive help. They become at ease to share their problem be it a physical or psychological ailment.
This cultural sensitivity also goes a long way in having the right information and makes a practitioners work easier. The health practitioner already knows what to say and do when faced with a situation of this nature. This ensures that their main aim which is to help patients is achieved. This also adds a good rapport to the institution the practitioners work in (Allen & Spitzer 2015). Besides, it encourages other people from different cultures to seek their services because they know that they will get the standard services like everyone else despite their cultural beliefs and ways. It generally makes the practitioners work easier when dealing with people without making them less comfortable. It is also a sign of respect.
All individuals deserve respect and acceptance when it comes to cultural differences. Discrimination on the basis of cultural differences should be discouraged and completely abolished especially when it comes to work environments. Every patient deserves an equal chance to service provision. Whatever measures these practitioners should take to offer services to patients has to be undertaken, as long as the service a person needs is given without them feeling culturally violated.
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