‘Speaking My Language’ Best practice in understanding dementia care provision for people from CALD backgrounds

Another of Multicultural Aged Care (MAC) & Alzheimer’s Australia SA very successful ‘Speaking My Language’ workshops was delivered on 18 November at MAC.

A group of nearly 30 people sought refuge from the outside scorching temperature and gathered in MAC’s Henley Beach site to take part in this workshop.  It soon became apparent that the day was to be a rounding success with participants fully engaged with facilitators from MAC and Alzheimer’s Australia SA in a very interactive and mutually informative session. Valuable personal experiences and input from the participants provided a platform for sharing, learning, exchange of ideas and resources and positive outcomes for all.

As always, Wendy Hall (Dementia trainer) informed us all about the many pathological and physiological affects mixed with her many years of practical experiences while MAC facilitators highlighted and unpacked the CALD perspectives and Cultural Intelligence and Awareness using the MAC Four As model.

Within MAC’s Multicultural Learning and Development (MLD) division, 2016 is going to see advances and further development of many of MAC’s training workshops/sessions and resources. Targeted and responsive training modules in keeping with the Montessori principles will be made available under the ‘fee for service’ MLD direction. Module 2 of the ‘Speaking My Language’ workshops will include ‘Step-by-step navigation for people with Dementia and their carers/family members – from the first observed symptoms to the care plan’.

Check the MAC Training Schedule in the new year for workshop and training dates!