DSDC has been working with communities for over 30 years to improve the lives of people with dementia
Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Families and Communities
There are some difficulties and barriers faced by BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) carers of people with dementia, consider the following;
- Family and community expectations, stigma towards dementia sometimes regarded as a mental condition means that carers feel they do not want to bring shame onto the family by admitting someone in the family is living with a mental health condition.
- Religious expectations of duty to care, carers feel that their faith places responsibility to care for the person with dementia. Even when carers recognise that services exist to support them there may be outside pressures from the community which means they do not access the support as doing would mean they were struggling to carry out their duty and obligation to look after the elderly.
- BME carers of people with dementia may feel that there is little or no cultural understanding or competency by practitioners to offer the most appropriate care and a ‘one size fits all’ approach is used.
In order to effectively support the BME community to access dementia services it is important for practitioners and assessors to know more about the family and the role of the different genders within a household.
Dementia services need to promote what they offer and give information to support BME carers and communities rather than waiting to be contacted by potential service users.
Above all dementia service providers need to give BME carers an opportunity to express their fears and concerns. Help and support for family and carers should meet their needs and not what the service providers think they need.
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