Touch is another caregiving instrument that involves carefully offered embraces, pats on the back, or arms around the shoulder. Not all people want to be touched. Sometimes it may be too traumatizing and can produce fearful flashbacks for those survivors of torture or sexual abuse.
The practice of touch varies from culture to culture. In cultures that focus on the individual, touch is often regarded as inappropriate and unprofessional; in other cultures, it is considered normal or routine, and is a strong expression of human connectedness and solidarity. Even in individualistic cultures, touch is still considered to be a positive expression of love toward children and the elderly.
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