'Active Ageing' exists in Residential Care



Introduction
A Greek specific pilot project involving thirty nine residential facilities in South Australia, a varied workforce, in terms of vocational and diverse backgrounds, and many Greek residents and their families, allowed a playing field of research (quantitative and qualitative), data collation, analysis and conclusions. The foundational cultural awareness training model developed by Multicultural Aged Care (4 As Model), directed the cultural competency education delivered. Without exception, all participants reported their increased knowledge and awareness of culture for an individual, how it influences beliefs and behaviours, and consequently adjusting their own individual practices as well as organisational practices. Results
Some of the major results for both staff and residents included: changes to processes, procedures and program delivery and increase in requests for repeated and extended cultural awareness sessions according to their individual needs; increased participation of residents in numerous physical activities; dance, singing, gardening, cooking, religious celebrations, reminiscing, board games, lively interactive discussions, storytelling, outings and craft activities. "Real" evidence-based examples have predicated real beneficial outcomes for both residents and the diverse workforce; developing and offering new strategies, developing and maintaining trusting rapport; celebrating individual identity; sharing of knowledge; participation in multicultural activities; engagement in physical and social activities; identify Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) specific nutritional options; increasing understanding of behaviours and beliefs of CALD residents; implementing targeted and responsive practices.
Conclusion
This labyrinth of elements can assemble to provide a platform for active ageing, resulting in positively influencing the quality of life of residents and workforce.


Vicki Kanakaris

Multicultural Aged Care

Vicki Kanakaris
Multicultural Learning and Development (MLD) Coordinator
Co-design Consumer Support Coordinator
Vicki has a background in events coordination, training and assessment; cultural competency delivery approaches and CALD community groups’ capacity building. For over seven years she has been coordinating projects in the aged and community care sector, and has produced two Commonwealth government endorsed resources as part of her project work. She has extensive experience in integrating CALD perspectives in priority foci of the age care sector and in delivering leading edge presentations in SA both metro and regional, interstate and at International Conferences. Vicki is an accredited Cultural Detective Facilitator. Has presented papers at numerous conferences - nationally and internationally, Unis SA, forums, workshops, training sessions.