The Department of Health funds this national Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) program to enrich the quality of life of CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) elderly clients living in residential aged care facilities and would benefit from a friendly visitor. The "Adopt a Nonna or Nonno" initiative also helps to establish links between the people living in residential aged care facilities or in their own home to better connect with the local community.
A community visitor is a volunteer who is matched with the resident or Home Care Package care recipient and visits them regularly. Visits can include:
- Listening to music
- Chatting and/or reminiscing
- Watching TV together
- Walking together
- Playing Cards
The "Adopt a Nonna or Nonno" initiative still remains the only source of contact with the wider community for many CALD residents living in residential aged care homes. The program provides companionship to people who live in residential care facilities, who have been identified as being at risk of becoming socially isolated. These residents would be at a greater disadvantage if the CVS program did not offer the social, emotional and spiritual support through its CVS volunteers.
There have been many observable benefits of the "Adopt a Nonna or Nonno" initiative such as:
Greatly reduced social, linguistic and cultural isolation on admission into an Aged Care Facility for CALD elderly clients.
Continued interaction with the wider multicultural community is the outcome.
Heightened awareness of CALD clients’ social needs in aged care homes and role CVS Volunteer plays in meeting these social needs.
Observable benefits for the volunteers have been the:
Ability to provide friendship and contact for someone who is socially and linguistically isolated
Maintaining of a link with older members of the CALD community who have a wealth of historical and anecdotal information.
Sharing of community events with someone who cannot participate in them
For more information about these services please contact Co.As.It. Community Services on (07) 3624 6100 Brisbane and (07) 5617 9500 Gold Coast
- Available in QLD
- Visitors & volunteers
Advisors & Professional Services
- Available in QLD
- Culture & ethnicity