The Andrews Labor Government will partner with an elected Federal Labor Government to ensure elderly people in Victoria’s Chinese communities have the care and support they need.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Disabilities, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today confirmed the Labor Government will deliver up to $7.25 million towards purchasing land for a Chinese aged care facility in Melbourne, as promised at last November’s election.
The government welcomed Federal Labor’s announcement that a Shorten Labor Government will match the investment, with another $7.25 million to go towards construction of the facility.
The partnership will ensure older Chinese Victorians receive the care and comfort they deserve, and give their families peace of mind.
Aged care services dedicated to specific multicultural communities can make all the difference in helping older Victorians feel at home.
Research shows 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.
Other than English, Mandarin is the most spoken language at home in Victoria, with more than 191,700 speakers, while 78,000 Victorians speak Cantonese at home.
This announcement recognises the profound contribution that elderly Chinese Victorians have made and continue to make to our state, and is part of the Labor Government’s long-term plans to develop culturally appropriate aged care supports across Victoria.
As stated by Premier Daniel Andrews
“Our Chinese communities have made an invaluable contribution to our state’s rich culture and identity. We’ll make sure they get the support they deserve.”
“We’re proud to deliver on our promise to establish a dedicated aged care facility for Victoria’s Chinese communities, and welcome Federal Labor’s support.”
As stated by Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“Aged care residents come from a wide-range of diverse backgrounds – and facilities like this, which cater to specific cultural and language needs, go a long way to improving overall wellbeing.”
“Our parents and grandparents have contributed so much to our state – it’s fitting we make sure they get the care and dignity they deserve in their later years.”