LASA is launching a new expo to give its members a different way to promote their services to potential clients.
The inaugural Care and Ageing Expo will be held in Perth at the end of July and aims to educate consumers about their different options ranging from retirement living to home care and residential care through showcasing what is available.
Event organiser, Richard Campbell from CMS Events said that HESTA, Rosewood Care Group, Carers Plus staffing agency, Home Chef home delivery meal service and Hall & Prior Nursing Homes have already signed on to exhibit.
In addition to aged care providers, LASA is hoping to attract equipment providers, health care providers including physiotherapists, cognitive therapists and counsellors),vulnerable care groups – indigenous, LGBT, homeless; legal, financial, banks, super funds, insurance; medical, pharmacy; consultants; technology; NFP support groups; local, state and federal government agencies; workforce and recruitment experts.
Mr Campbell said he is expecting to attract 60 to 70 exhibitors to the event at the Perth Convention Centre, which can hold up to 5000 visitors.
LASA CEO Sean Rooney said that a key aim of the expo is to create a greater awareness of the industry – showcasing all aspects of the aged care sector.
“We will be putting on display the various options available in retirement living, lifestyle villages, residential aged care facilities, home care services and other aligned products and services that relate to the consumer’s current and future ‘aged care’ needs,” he said.
“To ensure the Expo is tailored to meet the needs of consumers, LASA is working closely with the Council on the Ageing, consulting with a range of other groups including Alzheimer’s Australia and Palliative Care Australia, and engaging with the aged care industry.”
Five seminar presentations will be held with industry experts each day, while a lifestyle stage will feature cooking demonstrations, travel talks, recreational talks, gardening and hobbies talks.
“The Expo is to deliver an understanding to Western Australia about the importance and benefits of being informed and ready to care for families and the ageing community,” Mr Campbell said.
“It provides a forum full of information, whether people are just starting to understand the journey of caring for the aged or looking at how they can be better prepared for the future and promote a balanced outlook on living in the healthiest and most comfortable way as people age.”
While there are several aged care expos aimed at consumers in other states including ATSA (NSW, QLD), Ageing in Australia (VIC), and the Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo in South Australia, this will be a first for Western Australia.
The event will be held at the Perth Convention Centre over the weekend of 29-30 July.