Our philosophy is a simple one: we look after your loved one the way we look after our own. It’s something felt very strongly by everyone at Abel Tasman, and it has been part of the fabric of our organisation right from the beginning.
A Culture of Care
Originally established to care for people of Dutch descent, Abel Tasman now embraces people of many nationalities and cultures. We understand the difficulties older people of multicultural backgrounds face and we appreciate that the unique celebrations, music, language, food and customs that have shaped their lives play a very important role in providing confidence, joy and a sense of belonging as they get older.
Abel Tasman’s philosophy of care makes us unique. We combine two decades of multicultural experience with a strong commitment to the wellness and happiness of those we care for. This is made possible through our services and accommodation offerings, all supported by a wonderful team from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
Our Multicultural Commitment
For more than twenty years Abel Tasman has welcomed people from many cultures and backgrounds. It’s what we do. We just don’t accept diversity: it forms the foundation of who we are.
Given our beginnings as a provider for the Dutch community, we understand the sensitivities and challenges faced by culturally and linguistically diverse older people. There can be feelings of isolation, vulnerability and a reluctance to accept care when the immediate family does not provide it.
The most limiting issue is communication. People of non-English speaking backgrounds may have trouble expressing their needs or understanding what is being communicated to them. Abel Tasman incorporates cultural understanding that includes language, family, celebrations, spirituality and religion, food, customs and traditions.
We’re home for, and provide home care to a wide range of people from different cultural backgrounds – Lebanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Fijian, Iraqi, Maltese, Macedonian, Filipino, Estonian and many more – it’s a wonderful melting pot!
This understanding of our residents and customers unique cultural dimensions is how we build human connections and ensure our care and services are appropriate, welcomed and beneficial.