Labor promises more support for culturally diverse aged care services

Labor has promised $6.1 million to Sri Om Care, an aged care provider focused on the South Asian community, as part of a push for more culturally sensitive aged care should it win Saturday’s election.

The ALP’s candidate for Parramatta, Andrew Charlton (pictured right, image from Fiji Times), made the announcement at an event in western Sydney; the money would go to supporting Indian and Hindu seniors in aged care as well as building up Sri Om’s assisted living services.

“It’s important for all of us as Australians to know that no matter who our parents are, where they come from, what their specific needs are, that there is a place in the aged care system for them. That they will be taken care of in a way that provides them with dignity and sensitivity in their lives.

“I want to commend the foundation for all the amazing work that you do, and tell you how pleased and proud I am to be able to make this commitment on behalf of an elected Albanese Labor government,” said Mr Charlton.

Surinder Jain, Vice-President of the Hindu Council of Australia, said the support given to Sri Om Care would help South Asian seniors feel more at home in aged care.

“Indians who came to Australia in the 1970s and 80s are now retired, but cannot find an appropriate aged care facility either in Sydney or Melbourne.

“[The] Hindu Council of Australia thanks [the] Labor Party led by Mr Anthony Albanese for his promise to provide the much-needed support. Culturally-appropriate aged care for the benefit of Indian & Hindu seniors in Australia will fill a dire need of the community,” he said.

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