Introduction - Diversity
There are big differences between people, but also big similarities. When people have certain characteristics in common, you can see them as a group. They do not need to know each other and not meet each other. The care has groups that require extra attention from you as a professional. Then you speak of target groups of your care. Members of a target group may need extra attention due to specific health problems or specific treatment. In any case, attention is always needed for communication.
The fact that someone belongs to a target group does not automatically mean that you approach and treat him differently. Not every elderly person has difficulty remembering, not everyone who does not speak Dutch well (yet), finds it difficult to look up information on the internet. Not all people with an intellectual disability show behavioral problems in health care practice. People can belong to a specific target group, but that does not always play a (major) role in their health, behavior or communication. It is only a part of who they are. In other cases or situations, the specific group characteristics play a role in their health, behavior and communication. Then of course you keep that in mind. But for the rest they are, like everyone else, brother or sister, friend or girlfriend, partner, parent, member of an association or sports club, neighbor or neighbor.
A person includes more than the characteristics of a target group