MRC Tas Aged Care Services connect older people with social activities and support to live at home, be part of the community and to access services. We also provide cultural education to aged care service providers and to other community organisations.
The Healthy Living Group meets every fortnight on a Wednesday for outings in and around Hobart. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet up with old friends, make new friends, get some exercise and visit different places. Clients either pack a picnic or stop somewhere for lunch.
This trip, on the first Monday of the month, allows people who would not normally be able to get to the cemetery to tend to their loved ones’ graves. The trips provide a supportive and shared environment for all participants.
For new and emerging communities, these groups provide an opportunity for clients to participate in day trips and other activities.
- Wednesday: German speaking Day Centre
- Thursday: Chinese speaking Day Centre
- Friday: Multicultural Day Centre
- Personal Care
- Outside activities
- Medical issues
- Legal and welfare matters
MRC’s Home Care Package Program specialises in providing a wide range of support to elderly people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who want to remain independent and living at home. We encourage independence, good health, social connections and physical activity.
Examples of support provided include:
- support services, such as cleaning and gardening and basic home maintenance,
- transport to help with shopping, visiting the doctor or attending social activities
- personal care
- case management
Further information on the Home Care Package Program is available through My Aged Care or by phoning 1800 200 422. If you speak a language other than English call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450.
Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC)
The PICAC program aims to:
- Support aged care providers to deliver culturally appropriate care to older people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds,
- Ensure the special needs of older people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are identified and addressed, and
- Improve partnerships between aged care service providers, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and the Department of Health.
Tasmania’s PICAC officer, Ruth Osborne, is based at Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania and is available to assist CALD clients and their families to access My Aged Care and can also support residential and community aged care providers to deliver culturally appropriate care. Ruth can be contacted on 6221 0999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culturally and Linguistically diverse (CALD) groups is a term defined by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (2018) as “those born, or who have at least one parent born overseas” and for groups where “English is not the main language and/or they possess cultural norms and values that differ”. Within the CALD population there is a large variation in countries of origin, cultural background, ethnicities, English language proficiency, length of time in Australia, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, geographical location, mental health and physical health. The needs of different CALD communities and individuals vary considerably, but must be recognised and catered for in the aged care system. Also important is consideration of the needs of older people with refugee experiences as well as veterans, who may require additional mental health support.
For more information and resources for service providers as well as consumers, visit www.culturaldiversity.com.au