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Importance of Family in Health Care
1. Explain the significance of family and kinship in the Perez.
Family and kinship are important in the Perez family, as is demonstrated by the multigenerational size of the family, their closeness, and coexistence with each other. At the age of 18, Mr. Perez risks the fear of the unknown and moves to a new country to search for better opportunities, and send money home because of his love for his family. Additionally, the resilience and willingness of Mr. and Mrs. Perez to disregard the doctor’s instructions and enlarge their family prove the importance of the family construct within the Spanish Culture. Family holds such as valuable social concept and is regarded as the symbol of love and the opportunity to share love among Spanish community members (Molina et al.,2019; Molina-Mula et al., 2019). The closeness among the Perez family is evident from their homes being close to one another, and how they all attend Sunday mass together and eat breakfast as a family afterward. This reflects the high levels of support for one another in the Spanish culture.
2. Describe the importance of religion and God in the Perez family
The role of religion and God is regarded highly in the Spanish community because it is culturally pervasive, and through prayer, faith, and hope, it gives them the strength to endure tough times such as illness (Ransford et al., 2010). The belief that God is in control helps them gain control of whatever barriers they face. Mr. Perez and his family are religious, and the role of God is strong in their daily lives, as is portrayed by the religious items all over their house. They always attend Sunday mass as a family while Mr. and Mrs. Perez make prayer requests to God for good health for themselves and their family. Their gratitude to God for the birth of their other children following the first complicated birth is seen as a reward from God which they attribute to their faith in Religion.
3. Identify two stereotypes about Mexican Americans that were dispelled in this case.
The first stereotype is that Latinos cannot speak English or have limited English fluency. Mr. Perez and his family can communicate in Spanish and English fluently. Every member of his family except for Mr. Perez was born in America. This assumption is related to the belief that all Latinas in America are immigrants from Mexico, which in this case is not true.
The second assumption is about the health beliefs and practices of the Latinos that they only rely on herbal medicine and folk healing practices for healing. Although Mr. Perez seeks curandero services, he still incorporates contemporary health practices. He does not solely rely on folk medicinal services since the birth of his first child was done in a hospital. However, he also believes in modern healthcare as he frequently seeks advice from his daughter, who is a registered nurse.
4. What is the role of Mrs. Perez in this family?
Mrs. Perez is the glue that holds the family together due to her role as a spiritual, emotional, and physical source of support. As her husband goes through the procedure to get his pacemaker, Mrs. Perez will be involved in the care of his husband with the additional help of their daughter. In Spanish culture, women are held in high regard and a source of warmth, love, and support. It is, therefore, imperative that cultural competence is applied when taking care of patients with strong family dependence and make room for the inclusion of family members in the aftercare to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes (Swihart et al., 2018).
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