[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 11, June 2011].
Increasing numbers of older black and minority ethnic (BME) people in the UK are likely to result in a higher need for dementia services for BMEs. Poor awareness about dementia and the stigma surrounding the subject within BME communities may result in BME people being under-represented in dementia services. Carers of BME people with dementia may feel reluctant to ask for help. Different communities have different views about whether services should be culturally specific or mixed.
This research briefing discusses the barriers experienced by BME people in accessing dementia care services and suggests possible ways in which services could become more responsive to the needs of BME people in each locality. Approaches to improve the uptake of dementia services might involve developing tailored information resources and appointing outreach workers. Staff involved in dementia services may require training in the provision of culturally acceptable care and support to BME people with dementia.
The current UK evidence base on this subject remains patchy and is in need of improvement.
Moriarty, J. Nadira, S. and Robinson, J. (2011). SCIE Research briefing 35: Black and minority ethnic people with dementia and their access to support and services. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence, March 2011.