Strong connections to culture and traditions enhance the quality of life for AI/AN elders as they age.  Many tribal nursing homes and assisted living facilities have developed strategies for provideidn culturally sensitive care to their residents. A new report from CMS (PDF, 11 pp, 4.1MB) describes how four tribal long-term care facilites provide culturally sensitive care for elders.  The report highlights recommendations other tribal program can follow to provide care that honors individual lifeways and preferences. The report outlines tips for honoring tradition, coordinating cultural activities, incorporating spiritually into care, and training staff to be culturally sensitive.

To see the report, click here.