In 2020, Resthaven Multicultural Services Officer, Priscilla de Pree is visiting Resthaven homes across South Australia to inform residents on Resthaven’s Diversity Action Plan.
Priscilla’s first visit was to Resthaven Westbourne Park on 14 January 2020, where she spoke with a group of around 30 residents.
Priscilla says, ‘I showed the group Resthaven’s Diversity Action Plan, and spoke with them about how diversity is more than just cultural differences.’
‘I shared information about other diversity characteristic groups, such as people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI), people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, Care Leavers, Veterans, people who are financially or socially disadvantaged, live in rural and remote areas, or people who were separated from their children by forced adoption or removal in addition to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. ’
‘Attendees were encouraged to provide feedback regarding any issues surrounding difficulties they had faced relating to for example cultural differences, including language barriers, or understanding of their needs,’ says Priscilla.
‘In the coming months, I will be visiting other Resthaven sites to talk about diversity and Resthaven’s Diversity Action Plan.’
Celebrating 85 years in 2020, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit, South Australian aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church. Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of around 10,000 older people and their carers, working together to provide outstanding care and support.