CALD aged care is a complex process. This is because different cultures, languages, and traditions come with unique challenges. So, let’s explore how we can better care for and support our aging diverse communities.
CALD Aged Care – Our Starting Point
In NSW and all across Australia, cultural and linguistic diversity is not a rarity. In fact, one in every three Australians over 65 were born outside of an English-speaking country. Consequently, our CALD aged care services must address the unique needs and challenges this diversity presents.
The Nitty Gritty of the Challenge
Navigating the Australian aged care system can be, frankly, somewhat confusing. This complexity increases if English isn’t your first language. Additionally, many older CALD people aren’t aware of the services available or how to access them. As a result, their health and well-being can suffer.
Barriers within Cultural Lines
Addressing the specific cultural barriers older CALD people face is not an option—it’s a necessity. Language skills, gender preference in caregivers, cultural traditions and family role perceptions can all cause older CALD people to feel misinterpreted or marginalized in regular care settings. Considering this, we must formulate CALD aged care plans that cater to diverse cultural and linguistic preferences.
Paving the Way Forward
At the heart of improving aged care service delivery is embracing inclusivity. Care providers must be helped to create an environment that treats each individual with dignity and respect, acknowledging their ethnic identity and unique personal needs. Moreover, care services should be flexible and adapt to the needs of the CALD consumer. This means keeping the services accessible, respectful, and aligned with their cultural preferences.
CALD Aged Care – Flexibility and Adaptability are Key
The path towards an effective care system lies in its flexibility and ability to respond to changing needs quickly. Indeed, rather than a standard ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, we should aim for a system where unique cultural needs are catered to, and traditional norms are respected.
The Future of CALD Aged Care
Moving towards a future where our aged care system honours the diversity amongst us is paramount. A system that values cultural inclusivity and respect will result in higher quality care – the kind of care we’d all want for ourselves or loved ones as we age.
If you’d like to discuss CALD Aged Care or are having difficulty obtaining support, please contact our friendly team at All-Purpose CALD Services today. We’ll help you get the help you need.