EXTRACT from an article by Linda Belardi
A new resource kit has been developed to support aged care services deliver culturally appropriate care to older Muslim Australians.
SA aged care provider ACH Group developed the resources as part of a two-year federally-funded CALD partnership project.
The resources include fact sheets, a framework for engagement, planning guide for service providers and guide for support workers.
The ACH Group has worked closely with South Australia’s Muslim communities including the Islamic Society of SA and the Islamic Arabic Centre to inform the development of the aged care resources.
“This project sought to build connections and the confidence of older Muslims and their families to consider the option of aged care support,” said ACH Group CEO Ray Creen.
“This is not usual practice for most older Muslims who have traditionally relied on family supports.”
The resources were launched by the Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt on 28 September.
“We live in the most successful multicultural nation on the planet, and an important aspect of maintaining this success is providing well-rounded support to all people in old age,” said Mr Wyatt.
“Staying connected to your heritage, and being cared for by someone who understands your background, can make all the difference to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.”
Muslim Aged Care – Resources
- Australian Muslim Community Engagement Framework for Aged Care
- Muslims in Australia and Their Faith – Fact Sheet
- Planning for Muslim Aged Care
- A Support Worker’s Guide to Muslim Aged Care
SOURCE: Belardi, Linda. “Creating responsive aged care for Muslim communities.” Australian Ageing Agenda, [website viewed 12 October 2017].
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