Labor promises aged care facilities for Victoria’s Indian communities

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Families in Victoria’s Indian communities will have peace of mind that their elderly loved ones are getting the care they need, under a re-elected Labor Government, said Premier Daniel Andrews. He announced that a re-elected Labor Government will invest up to $14.5 million to purchase land for two new Indian aged-care facilities in Melbourne’s west and south-east.

Aged care services dedicated to specific 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. Almost 170,000 Victorians were born in India, making the state home to the largest India-born population in Australia.

This announcement recognises large Indian communities in Melbourne’s west and south-east, with land to be purchased in these locations, ensuring residents can remain close to their families.

Former ministerial adviser Mr Nitin Gupta says he “cautiously welcomes” the announcement. “The Median Age of the Victorian Indian community is around 30 years. Most of the Victorian Indian community is between the ages of 18 years and 49 years. And that is where the maximum funding announcements should be directed. I would be more interested in knowing what funding announcements are made for facilities that would be used by majority of Victorian Indians, in the age group of under 50 years,” said Mr Gupta.

 

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