New Diverse Elder Service Aims to End Isolation

on the Thursday, June 3, 2021

Aged care services in Perth's East Metropolitan region have received a boost with a new program aimed at culturally and linguistically diverse clients. The new program is based at Catholic Homes’ Day Therapy Centre within its new St Vincent’s facility at Swan Street West in Guildford.

Each week, clients will be able to access centre-based day respite services including programmed outings to activities and events.

Executive Manager Home and Community Care Kylie Steele said the program boosts the organisation’s popular day therapy services which were delivering high quality programs to the region’s elderly, enabling them to stay active and connected in the community.

Older people eligible for entry level aged care, particularly individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, such as Italian speakers, can access tailored activities and outings.

“Elders in the community may struggle to find services tailored to their needs, especially if they are experiencing communication difficulties which can lead to isolation and marginalisation,” Ms Steele said.

“Carers of older people and clients themselves often experience stress and carer fatigue.

“The opportunity for clients to join a day centre respite service brings a welcome break and the chance for people to form new friendships and have meaningful and fulfilling experiences.”

Clients can join the program once they are deemed eligible for entry level aged care through the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

“Catholic Homes welcomes Australian Government funding that helps us to bring additional, specialised day services to the local community,” Ms Steele said.

The Australian Government Department of Health has committed $20M over two years to assist aged care providers to deliver services.

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