Diversicare’s Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program recognises that not only staff benefit from workshops in diversity and inclusion, but aged care residents also enjoy learning about, and contributing to, cultural diversity.
PICAC’s ‘Cultural Insights’ presentations for residents open up discussions about cultural diversity in their own residence and lives. Recently our team organised Burmese Cultural Insights for several Regis Aged Care facilities. Saw Nu (Sunny) Taynaing, a Burmese Australian, talked about her migration experience, foods, religions, ethnic groups, and respecting elders in her homeland. She ended her presentation by teaching the residents some simple dance movements they could do while seated.
At these presentations staff and residents are invited, often for the first time, to speak about their own histories and share cultural practices they bring from their countries of origin. These discussions are powerful because they tend to strengthen relationships between and among staff and residents by promoting understandings across cultures.
A testimonial from one of the aged care facilities we have recently worked with read:
”I want to thank you for the great service you have provided us this year. We benefit from your presentations. We received several written feedback forms to say they enjoyed Sunny’s talk. Thanks again for what you do, it’s an important role you play. It also helps assist us with covering the cultural aspect of the Aged Care Standards.”
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