Laundry and Linen Management for Māori Residents

Māori culture places great significance on tapu (sacredness) and noa (mundane or ordinary). Understanding and respecting these concepts is essential to create a culturally safe environment for Māori residents. Linen management plays a significant role in upholding these values, as certain items hold tapu and should be handled separately. In Māori culture,...

Personal Care for Māori Residents

Providing personal care to Māori residents requires a deep appreciation and respect for their cultural heritage.  Integrating their customs, values and language into caregiving is important while maintaining the required infection prevention and control standards.  This will help create an environment promoting healing, comfort and belonging.   Many requirements reflect good infection...

Caring for Deceased Māori Residents (Tūpāpaku)

Māori culture has special requirements for the care of the deceased, which reflects tikanga Māori. Be guided by whānau on the cultural and spiritual practices they wish to follow.  Because there may be a continued risk of disease transmission, IPC procedures will need to be followed. Why is this? Some...

Kitchen and Food Services Caring for Māori Residents

Māori culture believes that during contact and as a healthcare worker providing care, there should be a strict separation between touching the body or body fluids and food. It's crucial to remember this when providing meals for Māori residents. These principles reflect correct infection prevention and control practices we should...

Māori Residents: Post-outbreak Cleaning of Possessions

When undertaking outbreak cleaning, it is important to recognise and honour the cultural needs and values of our Māori residents while fulfilling the infection prevention and control requirements.  Depending on the type of outbreak, it may be necessary to clean and/or disinfect residents' personal possessions. Discussing and explaining the need for...

Outbreak Management: Honouring Māori Culture

When managing outbreaks, it is important to recognise and honour the cultural needs and values of our Māori residents while fulfilling the infection prevention and control needs of the outbreak.  Māori values strongly focus on making decisions as a collective and building consensus. To effectively manage outbreaks, it is essential to...