Let's meet at Cafe 94

Introduction What happens when you bring together Montessori principles; cultural activities; MAC’s 4 As cultural competence model and active, older people from diverse cultures in a safe, stimulating environment? A quiet revolution occurs, and it’s called, Café 94. Café 94: utilises a collaborative, multicultural service delivery approach, meets the social needs of older people from Culturally and Linguistically (CALD) backgrounds; combining opportunities to maintain and enjoy one’s own cultural heritage, with that of other cultures; perhaps shaping community aged care service provision into the future? Methods The Café 94 model (a collaboration between South Australian CALD community groups, generalist organisations and MAC), is based on the vision that all older people from CALD backgrounds will lead the lifestyle of their choice in keeping with the Commonwealth Reablement, Health and Wellbeing aged and community care policies. Culturally targeted, responsive, consumer driven activities are but a few of the secret ingredients that feature in every session. Consumer Directed Care, Reablement, Health and Wellbeing concepts, Montessori principles in aged care and a Cultural Competency framework were combined and embedded in the planning and delivery of the program. Creating a culturally meaningful environment supports the participants’ confidence and freedom to engage at their own pace while doing activities that recognise individual cultural identities. Results All activities were devised in consultation with participants. Responsive and targeted cultural activities created a sense of belonging and mutual support, overcoming a sense of social isolation.

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.