Australia is home to one of the largest Greek communities in the world! In the 1940’s, many Greek people sought asylum in Australia as refugees after World War II and the Greek Civil War. The majority of the Greek population in Australia can be found in Melbourne, where the wonderful culture and flowed into the architecture and wider food culture of Melburnians. In fact, Melbourne has the largest Greek population of any other city in the world outside of Greece. Greek restaurants are popular and can be found throughout Melbourne, particularly in the inner suburbs.

The Greek language is commonly spoken, with Greek being the 7th most widely spoken language in Australia. As such, finding Home Care workers who speak Greek, and understand Greek culture and preferences can be an important factor for older Greek-Australians.

Home Care and the importance of cultural preferences

Many of the younger family members who began arriving in Australia in the 1940’s or soon after are now entering their later years and will be requiring support and care.

Older adults who were not born in Australia, especially those living with dementia, tend to revert to their native tongue and may even completely forget any learned languages.

The Greek culture is very family-oriented, with many generations often living together. Often, families will prefer to look after their older generations instead of utilising Aged Care Homes. This makes quality Home Care Package services all the more important!

Being able to find a Home Care provider who can cater to the religious, dietary and other cultural aspects of their customers is likely to be very important to Greek families.

Accessing information about Aged Care services in Greek

If you, or are loved one you care for, are looking for information about Aged Care services, the My Aged Care website has the option of choosing to view their site in Greek.

For the cost of a local call, you can also contact the government’s Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National), on 131450. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and covers more than 100 languages, including Greek.

CareAbout can help find you a Greek carer

If you’re looking for a provider who can meet your cultural needs and preferences, we may be able to help!