Multicultural aged care program Rainbow celebrates 20th birthday


The Rainbow family and friends with birthday girl Krystyna Chrustalow.
The Rainbow family and friends with birthday girl Krystyna Chrustalow.

A MAYLANDS multicultural aged care program celebrated its 20-year anniversary on July 6.

Rainbow provides aged care services to people of Southern and Eastern European origin so they can stay at home as long as possible.

The event featured a homemade Polish meal, karaoke, dancing and a special birthday song for a 90-year-old client.

Rainbow manager Danuta Palysz said reaching their 20th anniversary was a great achievement.

“We managed to break any barriers and create a multicultural community with understanding and respect for each other,” she said.

“At the same time we provided a platform for assimilation by building up social structures integrating the pre-existing values of the motherland and current values of the new homeland.”

Ms Palysz said the service made elder citizens’ lives better.

“Without us they would be in a nursing home without much of social life and unable to communicate in their mother tongue, to which they revert with age,” she said.

“For so many of them we are the only family they have.

“We are on a mission to fight the biggest, saddest condition of the old age – the loneliness.”