Black and Minority Ethnic Groups

Our office is in a culturally rich and diverse area of Bristol this means our service reflects the community that we serve. Our carers are aware of equality and diversity through their ongoing training and supervision.This can include for example traditional west Indian food, hair braiding,accompanying you to your place of worship and cultural events.

Our carers combined speak over 7 different languages including Swahili,Arabic, Italian, Dutch and French.

We can aim to provide male and female carers with various ages and backgrounds to match any cultural or religious preferences.

Please give us a call today and speak to our care coordinator for more details.

With people who are elderly or disabled, it is important to recognize that they have special needs and may need home care. This is even more important with people from minority groups or people of colour because they have different needs from those of Caucasian descent. The National Academic Press shares that access to appropriate supportive care technologies and home health care services depends in part on where homes are located, what sorts of spaces are available for care in the home, and whether basic services (such as utilities) are reliable.

Social Care Institute for Excellence reports that more than 40,000 older black and minority ethnic (BME) people live with dementia in the UK, in part due to vascular risk factors such as hypertension often found in African-Caribbean and South Asian UK populations. They add that in other ethnic groups such as Irish and Jewish, there is a demographically older population so with the link between age and dementia, prevalence is likely to be higher. This is just one possible disability or illness that can plague elderly members of the black or minority community.

The UK Government is striving to implement Personalisation which aims to give people more choice and control over their lives, this has a big impact on black and minority groups. In the context of health and social care, it is about making services more tailored to people's individual needs using different mechanisms, including cash sums to purchase support for daily living activities (variously termed personal budgets, direct payments, or self-directed support) and other ways of managing assistance on behalf of individuals shares Race Equality Foundation. This means that people from black and minority ethnic groups can arrange services, like home care, that coincide with their ethnic, cultural, religious values and preferences.

Why is this important? In the wake of the acute financial crisis brought about by Chancellor Philip Hammond's autumn statement, council funding for elderly care has collapsed. The Guardian reports that new figures obtained by the Observer show that 77 of the 152 local authorities responsible for providing care for the elderly have seen at least one residential and nursing care provider close in the last six months because cuts to council budgets meant there were insufficient funds to run adequate services. In addition to that news, in 48 councils there is at least one company that provides care for the elderly in their own homes has ceased trading over the same period, placing councils under sudden and huge pressure to find alternative provision. Because of this, it is more important than ever that elderly people be given the care they need and deserve without compromising their racial beliefs.

Black and Minority Ethnic Older people need their health care needs planned and taken care of in culturally inclusive and accessible activities and services. The Age UK shares that person-centered planning gives BAME elders and their supporters the opportunity to explore what matters to them. It aims to create a common language for them to express these wishes to those around them, including health and social care professionals. Service providers from all sectors need to remember that UK's diverse older population has similarly diverse needs and make a care plan that is tailored for them.

There has been research regarding how minority elders feel about care homes and though the research is not in-depth, it is enough to conclude that changes need to be made. International studies indicate possible differences in the preferences of care to minority ethnic elders, especially in relation to the nature of their care and their participation in care decisions shares Research Gate. They advise that more research be done to confirm what kind of services are needed to acknowledge ethnic elders' culture and care expectations, and also the impact of these issues in the context of their wider social and economic background. In the meantime, it is imperative to acknowledge that home care would be easier to tailor-fit compared to placing elders in UK care homes.

Most elderly people of black and minority ethnic descent prefer to live independently at home during their old age. Elderly people need help with simple personal care like eating and preparing meals, washing and bathing, shopping or cleaning, or simply getting in and out of bed. There are services provided by local council's adult social services department but as previously discussed, they are now in a state of crisis. This type of service should have minimal charge only, taking into consideration the elderly person's income and savings, but what about times like this when the local council service is not functioning as intended?

Since the state of elderly care in England is "unacceptable in a civilised society" according to Independent, people need to find an alternative to government health care. Receiving home care is turning out to be the better option for black and minority ethnic elderly, since they can adapt the care based on the elder's racial needs. Here are some Pros and Cons to home care that needs to be discussed before signing up:

PROS:
You get to stay in your own home.
You retain any support or social contact you enjoy with friends, family and neighbours.
The value of your home isn't taken into account when calculating how much you have to pay towards your care.
You'll stay close to what's familiar to you.
You retain full control over the care and support you receive.

CONS:
It can be lonely.
Despite alarm systems and regular visits from carers, you can still be at risk.
Home modifications and equipment can be unsightly and can affect the value of your property.
You might not like support workers coming into your home.

Once a decision is made about getting home care, research about various companies need to be done in order to see which one fits the family's needs better. One such company is Social Care Personal Assistants which provides personalised service to meet the cultural needs of BAME groups. They are known to provide a personalised service in the community that promotes dignity and have care packages that provide the best outcome.