Although the prevalence of elder abuse is similar in migrant and refugee communities to what it is in the mainstream population, it can present differently due to different cultural norms, stigma, language barriers, and a lack of awareness of the issue.
Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria’s paper reveals the challenges, learnings and current gaps in discussions related to the issue of elder abuse in care relationships where the carer and/or care recipient is from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.
The paper also summarises findings from our Recognising and Respecting Carers from CALD Backgrounds project, including how supporting carers can minimise the risk of elder abuse, and ways in which the project enabled other benefits for supporting CALD carers.
Combatting elder abuse among carers in CALD communities requires a particularly targeted approach, given the differing ways in which care relationships are perceived.
To work towards healthier, more respectful care relationships, it is necessary to work with CALD communities to identify people who perform caring roles and, talk to them about the importance of seeking support and link them to support services.
Carers who do not receive proper support run the risk of suffering burnout and stress, and it is in these situations that the risk of elder abuse, often inadvertent, is heightened.
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