Residents at a Shepparton aged-care facility enjoyed food and festivities from across the globe last Tuesday.
Acacia House care manager Maria Lang said the multicultural day aimed to celebrate the cultural diversity of residents and staff.
Ms Lang said last week's celebrations had achieved that goal. "Many of our staff, they come from different parts of the world and have a special contribution to make to the care of our residents, many of whom also come from different parts of the world" Ms Lang said.
Staff and residents were treated to food tasting, music and entertainment and some staff wore traditional dress for the day, she said.
Ms Lang said the facility had plenty to celebrate. "This part of Australian life is so well integrated in the life of Acacia House," she said.
"It's very important to have these day in recognition of your staff...to make us aware that we really work together."
Ms Lang said the multiculturalism of the staff meant a wider understanding of how the facility could care for its residents. "Sometimes Australian people, we have our own ideas of care and they bring their ideas of care and we're able to integrate the ideas into care planning," she said.
As printed in the SN Weekly on Thursday August 2, 2012.