Managed by the West Australian Association of Polish Women Inc.
We are an Aged Care Service with a difference.
We are on a mission to fight the biggest issue facing older people today - LONELINESS.
AND WE ARE WINNING!!!
There is no person in our program whose birthday wouldn't be celebrated.
EVERY CHRISTMAS there is Santa smiling with our clients and giving away presents.
WHEN EASTER COMES we are painting eggs for good luck all year round - and it works.
PEOPLE OF EUROPEAN ORIGIN know that music and dancing is the best medicine for vitalizing the mind and strengthening the body - which is why we sing and dance every week, as we have been for the last 20 years. And we exercise - you should see our balloon fights! Footy players wouldn't be stronger than us.
OH, YES, OF COURSE WE WILL HELP YOU
with personal care and around the house and garden, and we will take you shopping and to doctors, and we will buy the armchair you always wanted.
WE DON'T SAY NO!!!
WE SAY LETS TALK!!!
AND WE WOULDN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU HAVE TO PAY EITHER,
WE WILL NEGOTIATE.
ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS ASK!!!
Home Care Packages
It's often the simple things in life that make a difference. At Rainbow we provide services which are important to maintain your well being. This means you can focus on the more important part of living:
like just enjoying life !!!
Carers Who Really Care
It is our pleasure to care for people who are frail and elderly, and are from Non-English speaking backgrounds.
Our carers are specially trained to provide services in the language of the client's choice.
Our multicultural services are expanding and at present cover these community groups from:
To be able to receive a Home Care Package, your needs must first be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), the approved authority.
The Process is Simple
Contact your family doctor and ask for a referral letter to the Aged Care Assessment Team. This team consists of friendly professional people who will work out with you, how you can best be helped.
Then our Manager, together with you and your representatives will settle the final details of the services we will provide.
The entire process takes place in your own home
It is simple, fast and above all sensitive to your language and customs
You are welcome to involve in this process any person of your choice
Once a package of services has been made available, our service to you can begin.
We Have a Special Program For You
Our program is funded to provide Home Care Packages, which help seniors with complex care needs to stay at home for as long as possible. Home Care Packages are planned and coordinated packages of community care services. The services we provide are flexible and aim to meet individual needs of each client. We employ only bilingual carers.
Some of Our Services
Minor home maintenance
We can help you obtain access to other services.
Everyone can afford "Rainbow"
We receive funds from the Australian Government through The Department of Health and Ageing and we are also supported by the ethnic communities we serve. To be fair to all of our clients, each is asked to contribute according to their ability.
This means everyone receives help regardless of their financial position.
Community Visitors Scheme
What is the Community Visitors Scheme?
The Community Visitors Scheme is a national program funded by the Commonwealth Government.
The scheme aims to enrich the quality of life of residents of aged care homes who are isolated or lonely, and would benefit from a friendly visitor. The Scheme also helps to establish and reinforce links between residents of homes and their community. Friendly contact can help to reduce the risk of isolation.
The Polish Community Visitors Scheme was established in 1993 as a Polish speaking organization that provides companionship to socially isolated people with Polish background living in Aged Care Facilities.
Who can be a Polish Community Visitor?
Any mature, responsible person who can speak Polish and is interested in providing friendship and companionship to an elderly resident and must be able to visit a nominated residents for at least one hour per fortnight.
If you are interested please contact the Coordinator of the Polish Community Visitors Scheme at:
33 Eighth Avenue, Maylands WA 6051
Ph: (08) 9271 2036 Fax: (08) 9271 0917
Provides cultural briefings by members of Eastern European Communities to aged care providers and health professionals. We are able to present at training sessions and in meetings to individual providers and groups. We can also help with ethnic music, magazines, DVDs, etc. Please call us to see if we can assist you with your needs.
Disseminates aged care information to smaller Eastern European communities. We are able to come to your community centre or even meet small groups of people in their private homes to talk about aged care services. We will also bring current, written information regarding aged care services. You can also call us to obtain an Information Kit and discuss any aged care issues that you or your family might have.
Promotes and facilitates increased and sustained access by culturally and linguistically diverse communities with significant aged care needs to aged care support services by emphasizing the importance of ethno-specific aged care services and the Australian Government recognition of that need.
Community Partners Program
Polish Easter Customs & Traditions (book)
Polish Christmas Customs & Traditions (book)
Polish Traditional Handcrafts & Regional Costumes (book)
Polish Feasts, Customs & Traditions (book)
The Best of Polish Cuisine - Traditional Polish Cook Book in English
Happy Birthday in 16 languages - DVD
Happy Birthday in 16 languages - Power Point Presentation
Stay on Your Feet - Power Point Presentation
"Rainbow" CACP's, Community Partners Program, Dementia Help Line (brochures)
Countries profiles and colour display folders about various countries with info about community organisations for:
Currently we have 107 Home Care Packages and we are pleased to be delivering a high quality 24 hours, seven days a week service. Importantly, we are concentrating on personalizing services to our clients. All of our staff are fully trained in both the general and ethnic sense. Our training programs are rigorous and designed to ensure that our people can deal with all the issues they will meet on the job. They are supported by the management committee, trained and experienced manager and office staff. During our years of operation we have actively promoted the concept of the program to other ethnic communities. We find this service is breaking down the old barriers of race, religion and politics and provides a strong bond based on mutual support and respect.
We receive funds from the Australian Government through The Department of Human Services.
To be fair to all of our clients, each is asked to contribute according to their ability.
Following the Federal and State initiatives in 1995 to see services provided to those who preferred to remain in their own homes, The West Australian Association of Polish Women Inc was allocated 12 Home Care Packages (HCPs). In 2007 The West Australian Association of Polish Women Inc received funding for two new projects:
♥Community Partners Program which works with various Eastern European communities and aged service providers
♥ and Dementia Help Line for Macedonian speaking people which operates in conjunction with Alzheimer's Australia
Due to the efficiency of our services, 72% of funding received is spent on direct service delivery. We understand we are now recognised as the leading service provider in the ethnic area. We have developed a comprehensive network of contacts amongst social and health care workers. Our bilingual carers and case workers are helping our clients and other service providers during the delivery of a HCP, also its closure and transition into residential care.