INSIGHTS – Diverse workforce and the ageing population

Posted in: Blog | 13 Feb 2017

It is not uncommon for people to revert to their first language as they age and it is very rewarding when you can speak your mother tongue to an older individual.

Pairing aged care residents with international care workers is helping Australia cope with its rapidly growing and increasingly multicultural ageing population.

At CHARLTON BROWN we’ve learnt that incorporating cultural diversity into aged care training and education is having a positive effect on the ageing experience for our diverse ageing population. With more than a quarter of Australia’s population born overseas, almost one third of the carers in Australia speak a language other than English.

In many cases, better care can be provided to some older migrants if they have a care worker who can speak their primary language and is familiar with their cultural norms around ageing, gender and care.

Benefits of pairing residents with a carer from a similar background include a greater feeling of connection and trust, which in turn leads to greater job satisfaction for the aged care worker.

There is an increased sense of wellbeing and an improved appetite for social participation among the elderly when carers invest in getting to know them. Through building rapport with residents, our carers can also respond more appropriately to personal situations and solve issues quickly when they arise.

We welcome students from Japan, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, United Kingdom and South Africa, to name a few.

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