Dr Jed Montayre

Lecturer- Nursing, Auckland University of Technology

Late-life Living and Care Arrangements of Older Filipino-New Zealanders. New Zealand is rapidly becoming the host to an increasing number of ageing Filipino immigrants. Despite this sizeable population growth of ageing Filipinos in New Zealand, still very little is known about this ethnic group’s needs and living arrangement preferences in later life within the New Zealand context. This presentation reports the findings from the NZ-based research that explored the living and care arrangement plans of older Filipino immigrants. Fifteen older Filipino immigrants were interviewed in the study. Two major themes were identified from the data analysis. The first theme ‘preferred living and care arrangements’ is about older Filipinos’ preferred plans for future residence and in receiving care when no longer able to function independently in their own homes. The second theme ‘negotiating readiness and acceptance’ is about hypothetical situations that older Filipinos described and anticipated that will greatly facilitate their readiness and acceptance to living in aged care facilities. The study results have implications for facility design and service delivery within the New Zealand residential aged care sector. Due to an increasing number of older Filipino immigrants requiring care, aged residential care facilities must ensure their care models meet the needs of this growing group of older people.