Care & Ageing Expo Returns 2018

The second Care and Ageing Expo to be held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre over the weekend of August 4 and 5, will provide WA’s most extensive guide to every element of the age services industry.

Created by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the Care and Ageing Expo will showcase the full spectrum of products and services in home care, residential aged care and retirement living that will assist the community to navigate through what can be a confusing journey.

This year, the Federal Government through Hon Ken Wyatt MP Minister for Ageing, has provided financial support to provide free entry for pension card holders.

The Bethanie Lifestyle Seminar stage will provide a continuous stream of valuable consumer information including discussion panels with opportunities for questions. Topics range from how to choose between home care or residential care, how to care for those with dementia, the latest technology in hearing aids, setting up wills and enduring powers of attorney, through to how to avoid scams and cyber-crime and financial advice around the costs of aged care.

Village Solutions Australia will be coordinating a panel discussion session on Retirement Villages and Living, with WARVRA President, Resident from St Ives Mandurah, Residents from Leederville Gardens, Resident from Rangeview Village and Village Manager from Jacaranda Gardens in attendance.

The Community Vision Retreat is a chill out area within the expo providing comfortable seating and a space where visitors can relax and talk with friends over a coffee from the pop-up café.

A more informal Chat Lounge will have presentations including Modifying your home environment and Retirement Villages – Over 55’s Downsizing.

Dozens of exhibitors will include residential care, home care, retirement living, equipment, service providers, health care, legal and financial, medical, consultants, technology and support groups.

Richard Campbell, organiser of the expo, said the inaugural Care and Ageing Expo had been very successful and this year will be significantly larger with up to 80 exhibitors expected.

“There is a considerable thirst for information on what’s available and our aim is to provide as diverse a range of information as we can,” Richard said.

“It’s great that there are now services available for all sorts of needs that take into consideration cultural and gender diversity, dementia care, the wide range of lifestyle villages, residential care facilities, home care services and much more, but it takes time to consider those options – something that is a luxury when pressure is on to make significant lifestyle changes. Hopefully, by bringing together so many exhibitors, we can help  make that process easier.”

LASA CEO Sean Rooney commented that “the whole of industry now has a much broader responsibility in terms of helping consumers understand the options available to them.

“Now more than ever, the consumer has the opportunity to compare the various age services options and make informed decisions.

“I would strongly encourage anyone who is nearing retirement, or caring for elderly loved ones, to visit the Expo, ask questions and gather as much information as possible  before making what can be ‘life changing’ decisions.

“LASA particularly encourages the community to join us as Minister Wyatt officially opens the Expo at 10am on Saturday 4 August,” Mr Rooney said.

Verity James will be the host MC for the seminar area, there will be food and drink available in the new look café or you can relax in the Community Vision Retreat.

Lotterywest have again provided funding for the expo to support small not for profit and community/volunteer groups to attend, providing specialised information and advice for visitors.

The expo will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on August 4 and 5.

Entry is free entry for pension card holders.

Discounted tickets for concessions at $5 and pre-purchase for adults at $8

Door sales are $7.50 for concessions and $10 for adults.

More information and tickets are available from www.careandageingexpo.com.au

 

Photos from 2017 Expo