‘Moj jezik vrijedi’ – ‘My Language Counts’ (Burgenland)Gelebte Zweisprachigkeit im SeneCura Sozialzentrum Nikitsch
The first bilingual care centre in Austria is located in Nikitsch, where Burgenland Croats are in the majority. The special linguistic and cultural background of this region should also be reflected in the nursing home. Of the 42 residents, 36 are Croatian-speaking citizens of Burgenland. In day-to-day life, what this means in the care centre is entirely bilingual signs and information, a bilingual staff where possible, and, for the monolingual staff, context-related language courses, bilingual and Burgenland-Croatian events such as musical evenings, singing circles, religious services, ‘story-telling cafes', readings, communal cooking, amateur theatre productions and film.
Country / Region: Burgenland
Sector: Private Sector Enterprise
Fields: Health / Care, Migration / Interculturalia / Ethnicity
Age groups: above 60 years = seniors
Gender: male & female
Project bearing institution: SeneCura Sozialzentrum Nikitsch PflegeheimbetriebsgmbH
Person submitting: Helga Gregorits
Web address: http://www.senecura.at
1000 EUR award
The fact that personal history becomes more important in old age and cultural and linguistic features play a central role is a matter of everyday care in the nursing home in Nikitsch. Fairly simple, but effective measures are adopted in order to make the stay for persons in need of nursing services a more dignified experience. This is especially true of those numerous residents who suffer from dementia, as it is obviously easier for them to speak of their memories in Croatian.By granting this award, we hope to highlight this bilingualism in a nursing centre in Nikitsch as a model for other bilingual regions in Austria.