More than 400,000 Australians are living with dementia, and the number is expected to double by 2058. Culturally appropriate aged care is important to meet the needs of the multicultural population, but stigmas and lack of understanding about dementia are causing problems. Many families don’t seek help due to cultural values and stigmas surrounding aging. Women primarily take on the role of caregivers, which can be physically and mentally exhausting. This exhaustion can lead to reduced quality of care and even abuse in extreme cases. For culturally and linguistically diverse families, accepting outside help or residential care can be seen as a failure to fulfill obligations. Finding culturally appropriate care can break through these barriers. Fronditha Care, an aged care provider for the Greek community in Melbourne, demonstrates a successful model of culturally appropriate care. It employs bilingual staff, offers Greek food, and organizes Greek cultural events. Culturally appropriate care needs to encompass all aspects of life, including food and socializing. However, care for newer migrant communities is lacking compared to well-established communities. Innovation and technology will be crucial to expanding access to culturally competent and safe care. The goal is to allow people to stay at home and receive care while respecting their cultural preferences.
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