‘Child Care in Aged Care’ brings together older people living in residential aged care, children attending childcare and university students to co-design, test and evaluate an innovative and structured intergenerational education and development program. The project, which is supported by Office for Ageing Well, SA Health, is a cross-sectoral partnership led by ACH Group that involves also the University of South Australia and child care provider TAFESA City West Child Care Centre.
The project fits with ACH Group’s strategic vison of connecting communities as a catalyst to make significant and real difference, and it:
‘Child Care in Aged Care’ promotes meaningful connections and social engagement across different generations, emphasising collaboration and friendship among people of all ages. By bringing together partners and involving older people in the design and implementation of the activities, the initiative will build community capacity and will co-design experiences that create local connections and valued roles for older people.
It is envisaged that occupational therapy students will be involved in implementing the program and that children and older people will interact regularly over several weeks in the first half of 2021.