Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) centre based respite services.

March 24, 2021 1:23 am

Mclean Care has been successful in a grant provided by the Australian Government under the Commonwealth Home Support Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Centre Based Respite Services that offer services for clients and respite supports for their carers.

Australia faces an ageing multicultural population with almost 4 out of every 10 Australians older than 65 years born overseas. Of those people, 6% do not speak English well.

In aged care, more than one in four people who had home care services were from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the Royal Commission interim report has found that language and cultural barriers are common and that misunderstandings between staff and residents complicate the transition into residential aged care further.

With this grant, McLean Care will establish three venues to facilitate inclusive centre based, respite aged care services for culturally and linguistically diverse clients across Dubbo, Tweed Heads and Logan areas. Both clients and their carers are welcomed to be a part of a variety of health, art, cultural and social programs at our centres. We also provide respite services that are privately funded.

Each centre should be available and ready for service before June 30 and will provide a space where a loved ones can spend time during the day where wellness and wellbeing are at the heart of everything do. This type of respite also helps carers to continue caring at home for longer, by giving them time to attend to their own health and wellbeing, spend time with other family members and friends or attend to tasks they don’t have time for when they are caring for a loved one.