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Conclusions – why act now?

2020: Policy briefing on intercultural care and support

The EU is starting a new mandate, including the forthcoming EU4Health programme, which is about promoting the well-being of all people of all ages and ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, high quality healthcare. The “all” and “everyone” mentioned in this goal must include people from minority ethnic groups and their informal carers.

Person-centred care (the gold standard for dementia care) and “reasonable accommodation” (the principle enshrined in the CRPD) cannot be provided or said to have been achieved without cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence.

Cost is not an excuse for inaction. Investing in intercultural care and support by creating a greater awareness of dementia amongst minority ethnic groups and of the needs of minority ethnic groups amongst health and social care professionals, improving timely diagnosis and developing appropriate services and support, all contributes towards a healthier population (mental, physical and social health), the creation of jobs, the retention of informal carers in the workforce and avoiding the cost of managing crises and premature institutionalisation.

Making a commitment to and investing in intercultural care and support are key steps towards ensuring a just society, one in which people with dementia and their carers, regardless of their cultural backgrounds, can live well and flourish.

 

 
 

Last Updated: Monday 21 September 2020

 

 
 

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