Latino Outreach Guide

Sep 17, 2009

As the number of Latinos living in the United States continues to increase, it is vitally important forhospices and end-of-life coalitions to expand outreach and programmatic efforts to ensure Latinos receive quality end-of-life care. NHPCO's Caring Connections has created a Latino Outreach Guide to provide you with ideas and resources to guide your outreach efforts. We have included resources that are in English and Spanish to help you reach out to Spanish-speaking individuals and communities.

  • Although the majority of Latinos are unfamiliar with the concept of advance care planning, the subject resonated with the Latino community and participants felt basic education materials would be helpful.
  • Latinos, more than other Americans, are more likely to have planned for what will happen after death.
  • Participants discussed the importance for family members to come to consensus about the care of loved ones. A majority of focus group participants said they personally would not want to be kept alive on life support, but are more divided about withholding life support from a loved one.
  • A better understanding of the term "caregiver" is needed within the Latino community. For many, the term implies a professional role such as that of a nurse or home-health-aide. Family caregivers may not identify themselves as such since caring for family members at home is part of their culture and tradition.
  • Some Latinos have not heard of hospice, and many who have do not know much about it. Some equate hospice with nursing homes, which have negative connotation in Latino families because they go against the cultural tradition of the family providing care for the sick and elderly.
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