Aspirations for aging in place
April 7, 2017While speaking at a conference on Friday, Dr. Sarah Oosman and Dr. Sylvia Abonyi reminded health professionals to keep a patient’s culture and circumstances in mind when providing care or services.
During their presentation, Aspirations for Aging in Place: Implications for the Healthcare of Rural and Remote Older Adults, Oosman spoke about creating cultural humility within health care environments.
Oosman called for professionals to take into consideration their own cultural background, how it impacts their personal philosophy and how that may affect the individuals they’re treating.
Abonyi relayed a story about a woman she has worked alongside for a number of years, named Marie from Isle-a-la-Crosse. As an older adult, Marie lives with her husband and they are very well entrenched within their community, being part of the lives of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Abonyi noted that when people from remote and rural communities, like Marie, are unable to make scheduled appointments, professionals must also take into consideration the amount of resources and time it takes for those people to make those appointments.
Professionals may also need to coordinate scheduled appointments, or find other methods of remote health care to ensure individuals are receiving the care they need.
Oosman and Abonyi made their presentation during the Transforming the Care of Older Adults Through Interpersonal Teams conference at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon on April 7.
The purpose of the conference was to provide sessions on an interprofessional approach to patient/client/family centred care for older adults. Other sessions included pain assessment and management, interprofessional care teams and end of life care.
SPHERU’s Dr. Bonnie Jeffery was also part of the planning committee that put the two-day conference together.