Current predictions are that by 2021, one in three seniors will have been born outside Australia. Jenny Bray outlines strategies for community care providers and their staff to achieve cultural competency.
The benefits of ethno-specific aged care on the wellbeing of CALD seniors will be measured in a new study that aims to guide the future development of services.
The predictions from some quarters that indigenous and CALD clients would not understand or be wary of the move to consumer directed care have been shown to be unfounded, says CEO.
The full roll-out of CDC, the beginning of the CHSP, and the start of the My Aged Care RAS and client record were among the reform milestones that officially came into effect this week.
The transition to consumer directed care is contributing to more flexible care for culturally and linguistically diverse seniors but concerns remain over the capacity of clients with limited family support and language skills to direct their own care.
Isolation has major mental health and physical impacts on older people, yet limited funding and a prioritising of the physical needs of community care clients act as significant barriers to addressing the social wellbeing of individuals.
Dementia training for GPs and practice nurses, consumer directed care capacity building and collaborative approaches to wellness and reablement are among the 64 projects to share $34 million in the latest ACSIHAG round.
Aged care providers and policy makers are working with a limited understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse seniors, with a new stocktake of research highlighting gaps that need to be addressed to ensure appropriate service provision for this growing group.
The Australian Government has announced a $1.5 million project to help CALD organisations to compete in the annual Aged Care Approval Round.
Given the demographic realities, it is time to move culturally and linguistically diverse older people to the centre of aged care planning and policy, and abandon the ‘special needs’ tag, writes Pino Migliorino.
The increasing cultural diversity of the residential aged care workforce presents unique benefits and opportunities, such as enhanced care for CALD seniors, but it may also bring management challenges, according to an expert.
Video and print resources for aged care workers have been translated by the Aged Care Complaints Scheme into five languages to help staff support aged care residents with the complaints process.
More than half of permanent aged care residents show signs of depression, according to new figures.
Progress but still a way to go, is the finding of an annual review of access for CALD people to government agencies and funded services. And the new MyAgedCare gateway service is a disappointing case in point, says FECCA’s Pino Migliorino.