AJOT CE: Embracing Cultural Diversity: Meaningful Engagement for Older Adults With Advanced Dementia in a Residential Care Setting
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2018

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Non-Member Price: $24.99

Product Overview

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Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.

Credit: .1 CEUs (1.25 NBCOT PDU’s/1 contact hour)



Sanetta H. J. du Toit, BOccTher, MOccTher (UFS), MScOccTher, PhD, is Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Helen Buchanan, BSc(OT), MSc(OT), PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa


Providing person-centered care (PCC) that focuses on meaningful engagement in residential care settings for older adults with moderate to advanced dementia is an internationally recognized challenge. In this study, we aimed to identify best-practice scenarios for supporting older adults with moderate to advanced dementia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who lived in care facilities. A mixed-methods study with a concurrent triangulation strategy was adopted. Data collection occurred with care partners by means of a preworkshop questionnaire, an appreciative-inquiry workshop, and an adapted Delphi technique. The findings indicate that care partners valued the care facilities’ residents’ needs for doing, being, and belonging. Collaborative data generation reflected the setting-specific PCC practices. Leadership team members agreed that enabling inclusion and celebrating cultural diversity were important but that cultural humility needed to be promoted.

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the learner will be able to:

1)      List benefits of person-centered-care for individuals with dementia in residential care settings.

2)      Understand the importance of promoting cultural humility and respect for cultural diversity in residential care settings. Discuss how positive care practices can be facilitated through collaboration with care partners.

3)      Describe various methods of celebrating cultural diversity and enabling inclusion for residents in institutional care settings.

Exam questions for this course authored by Marie Morreale, OTR/L


Learning Level: Advanced


Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention


CE Find Key Words:  Cultural diversity, older adults with advance dementia, residential care


Reference Information:

du Toit, S. H. J., & Buchanan, H. (2018). Embracing cultural diversity: Meaningful engagement for older adults with advanced dementia in a residential care setting. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7206205090. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.027292