Dementia care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds : Qualitative secondary analysis of the Aged Care Australian Royal Commission data

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Chejor, Pelden, Cain, Patricia, Laging, Bridget Louise and Porock, Davina. (2023). Dementia care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds : Qualitative secondary analysis of the Aged Care Australian Royal Commission data. Australasian Journal on Ageing. 42(4), pp. 751-761. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.13241
AuthorsChejor, Pelden, Cain, Patricia, Laging, Bridget Louise and Porock, Davina
Abstract

Objective: Understanding the concerns and experiences of people living with dementia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is critical to ensure culturally appropriate care is delivered. This study aimed to describe the current experiences and concerns of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds using the publicly available evidence from the Australian Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Methods: This was a qualitative secondary analysis of the Australian Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety data to explore new and nuanced insights about care for culturally and linguistically diverse people living with dementia. Using the keywords to search the data corpus, we extracted a topic-specific data set focused on dementia care and cultural diversity. Thematic analysis was used to identify and describe the present practices and challenges.

Results: Our findings showed that the need for cultural connection for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds increases as dementia progresses. Access to culture-specific food and music facilitated connection with their culture of origin. Many older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with dementia reverted to their language of origin; however, the inability to communicate due to a lack of language support impacted their health and well-being, and care provision.

Conclusions: Further work is needed to provide the necessary cultural experiences and language support to ensure comfort and equity in the provision of dementia care for Australians from migrant backgrounds.

Keywordsaged; Australia; cultural diversity; dementia; transients and migrants
Year01 Jan 2023
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Journal citation42 (4), pp. 751-761
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
ISSN1440-6381
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.13241
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajag.13241
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
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Page range751-761
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Online27 Dec 2023
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Accepted04 Sep 2023
Deposited12 Mar 2024
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