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Caring for Ethnic Older People Living with Dementia – Experiences of Nursing Staff
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Division of Caring Sciences and Health Care Education, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna-Västerås, Sweden.
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Division of Caring Sciences and Health Care Education, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna-Västerås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3519-113X
2016 (English)In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, ISSN 0169-3816, E-ISSN 1573-0719, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 311-326Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The total number of persons living with dementia is estimated to double every 20 years and ageing migrant populations are growing in several countries. There are gaps in the health and social care of people from other countries, regardless of the efforts made when someone has a dementia diagnosis; similarly, receiving care in sheltered accommodation is less common. The aim of this study was to explore and describe the nursing staff's experiences of caring for non-Swedish speaking persons living with dementia in a Finnish speaking group home in relation to a Swedish speaking group home in Sweden. 27 qualitative semi-structured interviews were analysed using qualitative content analyses. The first main category, "communication", concentrated on language abilities and deficiencies, non-verbal language, highlighting the consequences of not understanding and the benefits of a common language. The second main category, "culturally oriented activities", focused on being served traditional food, celebrating holidays at the group home, the importance of traditions and the importance of familiar music as cultural elements. The Swedish speaking nursing staff could provide qualitative and equitable care, but the challenge was greater for them than for the bilingual nursing staff who spoke the same language as the residents.

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2016. Vol. 31, no 3, p. 311-326
Keywords [en]
Bilingual nursing, Dementia, Immigrant, Qualitative
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Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Geriatrics Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-17240DOI: 10.1007/s10823-016-9293-1ISI: 000408863800006PubMedID: 27287438Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84973638051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-17240DiVA, id: diva2:1328308
Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved

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