Ensuring older Muslim Australians are aware they can access help outside of their immediate families is the driving force behind a range of resources released by the ACH Group in South Australia recently.
The resources were designed to respectfully recognise Muslim beliefs and practices and provide much needed relief to family member carers.
A NEW AGE OF OPTIONS
Traditionally, older Muslims rely solely on extended family as their means of aging support, rather than considering the option of utilising aged care services. A large part of their hesitation is a fear that their religious beliefs and culture will not be recognised and respected. In response to this need ACH worked closely with the Islamic Society of South Australia and the Islamic Arabic Centre to design services that met Muslim beliefs and practices.
CONTINUING CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
ACH wants to ensure the elderly can remain connected to their culture while still accessing aged care options, whether that be within their own homes or in residential aged care. The aim is to build confidence in older Muslims, and their families, when considering the option of aged care support.
ENSURING STAFF RECEIVE CULTURAL TRAINING
ACH Group also developed and delivered cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity training to more than 700 staff members as part of this project.
The suite of resources now available explores Muslim history, culture, beliefs and practices and includes fact sheets, a guide for support workers and several videos that are readily available online.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt states that, “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. 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”.
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