A Shorten Labor Government will invest $100 million to expand access to culturally appropriate aged care facilities throughout Australia.
Labor will provide the resources necessary for key investments in aged care centres servicing ethnic communities throughout Australia.
This new funding will support new facilities, as well as upgrades and improvements to existing facilities that service our diverse ethnic communities.
Many Australians as they age, even if they have been completely proficient in the English language during their working life, will largely return to the language of their heritage.
We know how important it is for people in aged care to be comfortable and secure so they can age with dignity. There remains a need for cultural sensitivity across all areas of aged care, including wellbeing and rehabilitation, not just palliative or end-of-life care.
Labor will ensure ageing Australians are in an environment where the language, food, and surroundings are familiar.
Older Australians from multicultural backgrounds also experience particular challenges with dementia, and our funding will help support the unique needs of Australia’s multicultural communities.