Perceived challenges in dementia care by Vietnamese family caregivers and care workers in South Australia

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    The majority of Vietnamese Australians migrated to Australia as refugees to escape a war and this unique migration background may affect their ability to access and utilize healthcare services in Australia. Inability to utilize dementia services is associated with higher levels of caregiver burden, higher rates of morbidities and mortality and hospitalization. The aim of the study was to explore the perceived challenges of dementia care from Vietnamese family caregivers and Vietnamese care workers. Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics was used to interpret and describe the experiences of the participants. Data were collected from in-depth interviews with six Vietnamese family caregivers and a focus group with Vietnamese care workers using purposive sampling. Participants were recruited from a Vietnamese community care organization in South Australia. Five themes were identified from the data analysis namely: (1) a need for culturally and linguistically appropriate dementia education programs; (2) a willingness and unwillingness to seek help; (3) poor knowledge of health care service availability related to dementia; (4) the effect of language barrier in accessing services; and (5) the main sources of services utilized. The study revealed that Vietnamese family caregivers and Vietnamese care workers held different views on the association of stigma with dementia. Findings also revealed factors that impacted accessing and utilizing dementia services. These findings facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of Vietnamese family caregivers’ needs and have implications for developing individualized support for family caregivers and for consumer-directed dementia services in Australia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)333-352
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2015


    • Care workers
    • Caregivers
    • Dementia
    • Dementia services
    • Hermeneutic
    • Vietnamese


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