Diversitat’s Aged Support provides nothing but the the upmost care and support for its elderly clients who walk through their doors. Aged Support’s main aim is to help elderly people remain at home for as long as possible before entering into residential care. Aged Support assists both the clients and carers to help make this possible.
Aged Support offers a variety of different programs and services to their clients. These programs are primarily aimed at clients who are aged over 65 years old, but also offer programs to clients under the age of 65.
Such programs and services include ‘Social Support’ for clients over 65. 20 different groups participate in this program weekly.
Aged Support also offers a variety of ‘Unique Programs’. One of these is known as ‘Access and Support’. This program is for individuals who need support to remove barriers to receive other services in Geelong.
‘Café Style Support’ is another Unique Program. Funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Program, clients over 65, along with their carers, are taken out to lunch at a restaurant or café in Geelong. The Café Style Support has been described as one of the “best funded programs” in the Geelong region.
The activities which clients most look forward to include Cultural Days, Special Events, and the Meals Program, where the meals are catered towards the different cultures of their clients.
Achievements attained by Aged Support include being featured on SBS World News this year for their KuLoo Arts Program, where one of their elderly refugee client’s were heavily featured. In July, the KuLoo Arts Program was awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Victorian Multicultural Awards.
Common success stories include witnessing vulnerable and isolated clients, with very limited family support, and suffering from a variety of problems, undertake positive changes to their lives. These clients understand and appreciate that Aged Support is a place that will always help and support them.
Seeing this success make all Aged Support staff members feel “really great”, because they are helping to make a difference to one’s life, and it ensures that they are “doing their job well”.
Aged Support currently has a new building which is being built at the Hub in Norlane. Construction is expected to be completed in September 2017.
If granted extra funding, the new building will be a “state of the art, dementia-friendly showcase”.