Chinese-Australian carers' perceived needs and preferences in planning to embed an iSupport for Dementia program in aged care services

Ying Yu, Lily Xiao, Ada Cheng, Ivan Wong, Kam Chiu, Eliza Chan, Candy Xie, YunRui Zhou, Zoey Zhuang, Jing Wang

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Abstract

Objective
To assess Chinese-Australian carers' needs and preferences through co-design strategies with stakeholders to embed an evidence-based iSupport for Dementia program into routine community aged care services in Chinese ethno-specific aged care organisations.

Methods
A cross-sectional survey was conducted from July to August 2022 in three Chinese ethno-specific aged care organisations in Australia. We applied a univariate analysis to test variables associated with carers' needs and preferences when embedding the iSupport for Dementia program into routine practice among community aged care services.

Results
A total of 101 carers completed the survey. Most carers in our study preferred the iSupport program to be provided in their first language, have a program facilitator to lead the program and would like to interact with peers in the program. Most carers indicated that they are willing to pay for the iSupport program using the budget allocated to their home care package. Younger carers (younger than 65 years), and adult children's carers are more likely to use the web-based iSupport manual and invite their family members to the program compared to those older than 65 years. Other demographic characteristics had no significant association with their needs and preferences.

Conclusions
Chinese-Australian carers' perceived needs and preferences in this study will inform the implementation of a culturally tailored iSupport program to be embedded in community aged care services provided by Chinese ethno-specific aged care organisations. Findings will also inform culturally and linguistically congruent iSupport programs for carers from other culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Early online date28 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Feb 2024

Keywords

  • caregivers
  • cross-sectional studies
  • dementia

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