Advance Diversity Services (ADS) was extremely proud to sponsor and take part in this year’s St George Aged Care Expo on August 24 at Rockdale Town Hall.
ADS joined more than 40 exhibitors who spoke with hundreds of people from more than 30 communities who attended the expo, which aimed to raise awareness of the goods and services available to ageing people in the region.
ADS staff also happily assisted with the expo’s Multicultural Awareness Program, which provided information to seniors in multiple languages about how to access My Aged Care – the Australian Government’s portal for information about aged care services.
The Nepalese Grandparents Choir pictured with ADS’s bilingual Nepalese case worker Rishi Acharya (front row far right), which has close ties with ADS, performed as part of diverse line-up of multicultural entertainment that enlivened the event’s atmosphere.
Senior Manager of Aged Care and Disability Services for ADS, Mrs Dimi Vourliotis, said the expo provided an important opportunity to showcase the services ADS offers seniors in the region so they can live safely and independently at home.
‘People were delighted to hear more about our expertise in providing care to ageing people from diverse cultural and language (CALD) backgrounds,’ she said. ‘They think it’s great we have bilingual staff that can help them to remain happily at home and to maintain their important cultural and spiritual traditions.’
Mrs Vourliotis said the expo was particularly helpful this year given the significant Home Care Reforms that were put in place in February across Australia.
‘We could highlight what the changes involved, dispel people’s fears, and give them vital information to enable them to find the right support to meet their needs.’