Cultural traditions and habits are important to many people, and having those beliefs respected is even more important. In the hospital setting, it’s the little things that stand out or make a difference to our patients. Here are a couple of cultural habits that may help to make patients feel even more comfortable during their time with us.
In the Hispanic (mostly older) culture, it is believed that if you step on a cold floor with bare feet, you will get a cold sore on the mouth. Offering the patient their own shoes/slippers or providing them with non-slip socks would be very welcome! Another topic that is brought up is the use of water directly from the sink to drink. Many Hispanics will not drink this water because they consider it unsafe. So imagine when a staff member gives the patient water from the sin; the patient may drink it, but it might make them feel anxious. It’s also always a good idea to ask the patient if they would prefer ice in their water.
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