Ethnic elders’ needs neglected

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Elderly people from ethnic minority groups often have their needs neglected when they move into long term care. To mark the beginning of the 1999 International Year of Older Persons, Age Concern England has issued the updated booklet “Age and race: double discrimination” and produced a complementary resource pack “Developing services with and for minority ethnic older people”. Age Concern says low take-up of long term care by people belonging to ethnic minorities is not because of a lack of need, but a lack of culturally sensitive and appropriate services. “Minority ethnic older residents feel very isolated,” says one residential care officer quoted in the publication. “Visitors are intimidated by staff and stop coming. These residents tend to die very quickly.” The information pack says another reason for the low uptake of long term care services is the lack of culturally sensitive and appropriate care services – and a lack of information in a format people have access to. “Day or residential care that does

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