One Size Does Not Fit All
As we celebrate Pride month, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to live in and work in New York City, one of the most diverse and welcoming cities in the world, especially for those who identify as LGBTQ+. The “Big Apple” is a wide-open tent for all cultures and beliefs, and this directly correlates to the vibrancy of our community. On any given day, walking in the city, you will encounter a myriad of diverse humanity – all, for the most part, tolerating and accepting each other’s customs, beliefs and values. Across every borough, New Yorkers enjoy cuisine from all over the world in our great melting pot. As we celebrate the cultural varieties, there is not just a sense of acceptance but of curiosity and a quest for knowledge in how our differences can enhance our perspectives.
As an Aging Life Care Professional practicing in New York City, embracing differences and meeting people where they are is the secret sauce to helping them navigate and solve their aging challenges. Whether this involves finding an LGBTQ+ friendly assisted living community, sourcing a caregiver that can keep a kosher kitchen, or recommending a healthcare professional that incorporates cultural competencies into their practice, honoring our clients’ unique needs is at the core of our service model. As the old adage says, “one size does not fit all”. Honoring each person’s unique experience of how they are living their life without judgements is the foundation for providing excellent care and service. Embracing diversity is a cornerstone of this foundation. As each brick of respect is layered with acceptance, trust is built, and life changing relationships are formed and that is when care management magic transforms lives.