How do I deal with a prejudiced loved one in a diverse assisted living community?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Look at this as an opportunity for your loved one to learn from a new, diverse group. The population of adults moving into assisted living these days may not have had as many opportunities to experience diversity in their lives. They are skeptical, unsure, and simply unknowing about how similar we all are even across ethnic and racial lines. Once again, this presents an opportunity to learn within an assisted care setting rather than staying in isolation. Encourage your loved one to branch out and reach out to people they see as “different.” Everyone is in assisted living because they need a little extra help – everyone is in the same boat.

    This philosophy also works well because your loved one isn't necessarily going to have caregivers of the same race or ethnicity. Again, staff members at an assisted living community are there to help people and do not enter this type of work with agendas. They are specially trained and are working for the betterment of all residents. They deserve the respect, care, and admiration your loved one experienced when he or she was in the workforce. The actions of the family members often are harbingers of how the resident responds to different ethnic groups – be social – with everyone!