Diana Meets Halima
Diana is a home health aide. She cares for elderly clients in their homes. Today, Diana is meeting a new client named Halima. Halima is a Muslim from Somalia. Diana has not worked with many Muslim clients before. She asks Halima if Halima has any special requests regarding her care. Diana wants to make sure she respects Halima’s religion and culture while caring for her.
Halima tells Diana that it is important in her culture for women to be covered when they go outside the home. Halima wears a traditional hijab (a covering for the head and body) outside the home over her clothes. She removes her hijab inside the home and wears her shirt and skirt. Diana understands that when they go outside for walks, she will help Halima put on her hijab.
Halima would like to maintain her modesty inside the home also, especially regarding bathing. Diana assures Halima that she will take care to keep Halima’s body as covered as possible while helping her bathe. Halima thanks her. In addition, Halima also requests that if Diana needs to find a substitute caregiver for a day, then Halima would prefer to have a female caregiver. Diana says that if she is sick, she will find a female caregiver for Halima.
When it is time for Diana to leave, she thanks Halima for telling her what she needs to know as her caregiver. Halima is grateful that Diana will respect her religion and culture when caring for her.