Objective. As part of a large mixed-method study aimed at capturing understandings of dignity, and care expectations of community dwelling older women from Black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds living in Wales, the aim of this paper is to compare service providers’ perceptions of their care and support provided to older people in general, and to older women from BME backgrounds in particular, with a focus on two dignity indicators: care and support needs, and effective communication.
Design. A survey design was used. 
Results. A total of 124 responses from service providers in Wales were received. Perceived inequalities in care and support were found. Although most respondents reported that care and support provision was generally acceptable, more respondents believed that compared to older people in general, older women from BME backgrounds were seldom or never offered opportunities and support to express their needs, were involved in their own care, were provided appropriate information, had their key needs especially less visible needs (psychological and religious needs) been taken into account, or were communicated with effectively (all p<0.05). In some cases, respondents tended to report more positively in areas related to their own practice. 
Conclusion. We suggest that learning from the views and perceptions of service providers, as well as older people and their families, remains key to developing services for the UK’s increasingly diverse and ageing population. A better understanding of how inequalities may occur, their impact on older people and their families, and how they may be minimised can inform the development of high quality care for older people regardless of their ethnic and cultural backgrounds in Wales, other parts of the UK and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEthnicity and Health
Early online date10 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Community dwelling, dignity, ethnic minorities , older people, older women, service provision

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