Victorian Labor pledges $625,000 to Jewish Care if elected

October 31, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Families in Victoria’s Jewish communities will have peace of mind that their elderly loved ones are getting the care they need, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Frank Ajzensztat, Assistant Treasurer of Jewish Care Victoria; Josh Burns Labor candidate for Macnamara; Susie Ivany, Co-Vice President; Mike Debinski, President; Phiilp Dalidakis MP, Sorina Grasso Labor candidate for Caulfield, Martin Foley MP Labor Member for Albert Park, Neil Pharaoh Labor candidate for Prahran; Bill Appleby, Jewish Care Victoria CEO

This year Jewish Care celebrates its 170th anniversary. To commemorate this, Minister for Ageing Martin Foley announced today that only a re-elected Labor Government will commit $625,000 to Jewish Care Victoria to go towards upgrading and renovating their aged care facilities.

This commitment will help ensure older Jewish Victorians receive the care and comfort they deserve, while also giving their families peace of mind.

Minister for Ageing Martin Foley MP commented: “Our older generations have given us so much – it’s only fitting we make sure they get the care and dignity they deserve in their later years.”

A Labor spokesperson said: “We all want our elderly loved ones to stay at home as long as possible. But sometimes, due to illness or injury, it’s just not possible. It’s why providing tailored aged care services are so important.

Aged care dedicated to multicultural communities can make all the difference in helping older Victorians feel at home.”

From offering traditional foods to celebrating traditional holidays, these facilities ensure that older generations remain connected to their roots.

Jewish Care Victoria facilities have their own synagogue and a dedicated rabbi to assist with the regular celebration of Jewish holidays, Jewish culture, tradition, and values.

Under the previous Liberal Government, public aged care beds were set to be privatised, hurting older Victorians and their loved ones.

Labor Candidate for Prahran Neil Pharaoh said:  “For 170 years Jewish Care has been giving the Victorian Jewish community the support and care they need—and Labor’s investment will help that continue.”

“Families want their elderly loved ones to stay at home as long as possible. But if home care is no longer an option, we’ll make sure loved ones still get the care and compassion they deserve:” added Labor Candidate for Caulfield Sorinna Grasso

“We thank Ministers Foley and Dalidakis, and the Labor candidates for Caulfield, Prahran, the Southern Metropolitan Region and Macnamara for taking the time to visit Jewish Care,” said Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby. “We welcome the Andrews government’s pledge to commit $625,000 to support the construction of The Hannah & Daryl Cohen Family Building which will not only provide an inclusive and heimish home for our Elders, but also be a welcoming and vibrant hub for the community to share.”

Only Labor recognises the vast contribution of older Jewish Victorians and is willing to make the investments that really matter.

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