The provision of a culturally sensitive home-like environment in residential aged care : experiences from Melbourne's West

Farvis, Marie Joan (2006) The provision of a culturally sensitive home-like environment in residential aged care : experiences from Melbourne's West. Honours thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

Abstract

As people are living longer, residential living has become a fact of life for those who need extensive care and are no longer able to live in the community. Care facilities, bound by legislative requirements, follow strict government guidelines and, unless identified specifically as ethno-specific, accept all 'cultures and creeds'. The quality of life for people residing in facilities has been a focal point for some years, and the requirement to provide a home-like atmosphere emphasised. However, a home-like environment is difficult to define because of its subjective interpretation. This thesis reports on a small study of residents, family/friends and staff connected with three residential aged-care facilities in Melbourne's western suburbs. Their experiences and opinions have been gathered to establish their definitions of a culturally sensitive home-like environment, the ways they experience their own facilities, and what they regard as the positive and negative qualities of their facilities.

Additional Information

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Item type Thesis (Honours thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/32968
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Current > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords old age homes, Melbourne, older people, elderly, nursing home care, nursing homes, institutional care
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