Appreciating the culture of our Chinese community
HBH staff recently took part in a cultural training session that focused on our Chinese community. With a growing Chinese population in Howick, we are keen to foster strong links within this community and further improve our understanding of the needs of Chinese people in aged care.
Xiu and Lucy from the Auckland Chinese Seniors Support Group spent an afternoon with HBH staff to impart their knowledge of Chinese custom and culture. HBH Occupational Therapist, Carol Turner, said the staff found their knowledge extremely valuable. “We learnt a lot about food, environment and cultural preferences, such as outings to cafes for green tea and the way the layout and colours in a room can make a real difference.” HBH currently has some Chinese residents and many members of our Day Club come from the wider Howick Chinese community. While the staff training was underway, a group of Chinese dancers from the local Chinese Positive Aging Group performed for our residents. These dancers are regular performers at HBH and once again their display was greeted with enthusiasm.