MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT FOR MULTICULTURAL AGED CARE

Families in our state’s multicultural communities will have peace of mind that their elderly loved ones are getting the care they need, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Sydenham and Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins MP has today announced that only a re-elected Labor Government will invest $800,000 towards the upgrade of facilities at Kalyna Care in Delahey.

The upgrade will include much-needed renovations to the 102-bed centre, to refurbish and modernise the living spaces and plan for the growing needs of the centre.  

This commitment will help make sure older Ukrainian Victorians, as well as Victorians of Polish, Slovakian, German, Austrian, Croatian and Serbian heritage, get the care and comfort they deserve.

We all want our elderly loved ones to stay at home for as long as possible. But sometimes, due to illness or injury, it’s just not possible. It’s why providing tailored aged care services are so important.

Aged care dedicated to multicultural communities can make all the difference in helping older Victorians feel at home.

From offering traditional food to hosting dedicated spaces to practice religion and culture, these facilities ensure that older generations remain connected to their roots. Research has also shown that those suffering from dementia often revert to their mother tongue. By having staff onsite that speak that same language, residents can be better understood and cared for.  

Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak over 250 languages and dialects and follow over 130 religions, highlighting that it is critical that we invest in dedicated aged care services.

Under the previous Liberal Government, public aged care beds were set to be privatised, hurting older Victorians and their loved ones.  

This investment shows that only Labor is willing to make the investments that really matter to older Victorians and their loved ones.

Quotes attributable to Member for Sydenham Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins MP

“These upgrades will not only make sure residents have the best quality of care – but that they also have the dedicated spaces to share their cultures and traditions.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz MP

“This investment will make a huge difference to the residents at Kalyna Care and their families. Here in our multicultural state, it’s vital that we invest in aged care services that reflect our state’s diversity.’’