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A new website gives aged care practitioners valuable information and advice about working with Greek elders.

Fronditha Care – a Melbourne-based charity that provides care and services to Greek elders – has launched a new website with advice and information for aged care services.

Developed with funds from the Department of Health and Ageing, Greek Care is aimed at practitioners working with older people from a Greek background.

The comprehensive resource contains over 80 articles explaining Greek culture and attitudes to aged care.

“The site has been designed to provide readily accessible practical hands on information. It is not intended to be a comprehensive all inclusive presentation and analysis of Greek culture, religion, history and tradition,” said Fronditha Care’s Community Services Manager, Aliki Kyrkou.

It contains tips on how to engage Greek clients or make a Greek cup of coffee, a list of favourite Greek games and name days, and a directory of Greek-speaking services and organisations in Melbourne.

There are also audio clips of basic Greek phrases that are relevant to aged care, such as:  “Do you want to go to the toilet?” (Thelis na pas stin toualeta?)

The site also has a section where practitioners can post questions and receive answers about Greek elder care.

“The ability for providers to also ask questions promotes the interactive nature of the web site and the questions will directly feed into the updates of the web site and therefore will be reflective of the current and changing needs of the industry,” said Ms Kyrkou.

Soon users will be able to download short stories in Greek onto CDs for residents and clients.

Fronditha is currently developing a ‘How to Guide’ to assist other organisations thinking of embarking on a similar project.

“The site will be reviewed and evaluated on an ongoing basis and if it proves to be in high-demand and of value to service providers then this should influence the Federal Government to seriously consider funding for further web site developments,” said Ms Kyrkou.

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