The language needs of residents from linguistically diverse backgrounds in Victorian aged care facilities

Susannah Jane Runci, Barbara Joan Eppingstall, Eva Simone van der Ploeg, Georgia Graham, Daniel William O'Connor

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To investigate the language needs of residents of aged care facilities within the State of Victoria, Australia, and determine what language resources were accessible to them. Methods: Postal questionnaires were sent to 586 aged care facilities, enquiring about residents and staff members languages and language-specific resources. Results: The response rate was 38 . The majority of facilities had residents who spoke non-English languages, and 55 different languages were represented. Three-quarters of the facilities employed staff members who spoke to residents in non-English languages and employed language-specific resources. The metropolitan and ethnospecific facilities had a greater presence of non-English-speaking residents and staff and more commonly used language-specific resources in comparison with regional and mainstream facilities. Conclusion: We found a large number of languages used by many residents from non-English-speaking backgrounds, with evidence of a large unmet language resource need. Unmet need was greatest in rural areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195 - 198
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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