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THE BENEFITS of ethno-specific
aged care on the wellbeing of
older people from culturally and
linguistically diverse backgrounds
will be measured in a new study
that aims to guide the future
development of services.
One in five people aged
over 65 in Australia were born
in a non-English speaking
country, which is predicted
to increase to one in three by
2021, Census figures show.
Yet a review released earlier
this year by the Federation of
Ethnic Communities' Council of
Australia (FECCA) suggested
that aged care providers and
policy makers were working
with a limited understanding
of culturally and linguistically
diverse (CALD) seniors.
Seniors from CALD
backgrounds often had higher
levels of disadvantage and other
risk factors that could affect their
ageing experience in Australia,
the review found. The ability to
maintain language and culture in
residential care was seen as vital
for their wellbeing.
The researchers behind the
new Australian Catholic University
study said they hoped to address
the issues raised in the FECCA
review and inform the future
development of ethno-specific
aged care services.
"One purpose of our research
is to find out how existing ethno-
specific aged care is different
from mainstream aged care and
to determine how this difference
contributes to better wellbeing of
the residents," said Professor Lazar
Stankov from ACU's Institute for
Positive Psychology and Education
and a researcher on the study.
"Previous research has
shown that when people get
older, they may prefer their first
language instead of their second
or third language, due to issues
like dementia," he said. "So in
that case, being taken care of
by someone who can speak
their first language is very
important to them."
How and when someone
migrated to Australia may also
affect their wellbeing in aged care,
said Professor Stankov. Those
who migrated later in life, such as
for retirement or family reunion,
may have more entrenched
cultural traditions and be less
familiar with Australian culture.
The study will measure the
wellbeing of CALD residents from
Chinese, Greek, Italian and Dutch
backgrounds in ethno-specific
aged care against similar residents
in mainstream facilities. It will then
conduct focus groups with those
from ethno-specific facilities to
document their experiences.
Professor Stankov predicted
that when completed, the
results would also be useful for
mainstream service providers
who wish to implement culturally-
FECCA acting chair Eugenia
Grammatikakis, said she was
pleased to see the influence of
FECCA's review upon research.
She said the results of the ACU
study, should result in a firm
base for culturally, linguistically
and spiritually appropriate aged
care and better communication
between care staff and CALD
The study is currently seeking
participants from Chinese, Greek,
Italian or Dutch backgrounds in
mainstream care facilities in NSW
and Victoria. n
If you are interested in
participating contact Zhu Chen
on 02 9701 4638 or email zhu.
CALD aged care needs
By Jackie Keast
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