Fronditha Care, a not-for-profit aged care organisation has been advocating for elderly Greek Australians in Melbourne since the 1970s, trying to tackle the difficulties migrants face as they age.
Australia has been at the forefront of delivering culturally appropriate aged care due to the growing number of elderly migrants who arrived after WWII.
Fronditha Care’s nursing homes began simply. They fostered an environment that felt like home for Greek Australians. It went beyond a medical care plan, providing a culturally sensitive environment where Greeks were able chat to their fellow residents in their own language and communicate with staff who understood their language and heritage. Their cultural, spiritual and emotional needs are a priority, and the care setting and activity program celebrates their unique life in Greece and Australia.
But despite the ever-growing expansion of services including special memory support units, Greek speaking personal careers and weekly respite and support groups, the aged care system is still straining to meet the demand of the increasing number of migrant elderly in Australia’s aging population.
A shortage of bilingual carers, nurses and culturally-affiliated providers means that in many areas of Australia access to appropriate aged care services is limited.
Long waiting lists for home care package approval and for residential care admission cause significant strain on the families of elderly Greeks and on the rapidly growing number of dementia sufferers.
That is why Fronditha Care is currently seeking Greek speaking staff and volunteers to help maintain the care the elderly Greek community deserves.
Fronditha Care is also able to sponsor Greek speakers through its Labour Agreement with the Federal Government, thereby providing work visas to those who would like to work as personal care workers in aged care.
For more information on vacancies and about the labour agreement, visit https://frondithacare.org.au/hr-careers/