Intergenerational Care - How Older People Can Help the Young – and Themselves

United for All Ages have published a report, claiming that every nursery, childminder, parent-toddler group and children’s centre should develop a relationship with a care home.

Margaret with one of the pupils
Margaret with one of the pupils
Margaret reads to a toddler
Margaret reads to a toddler

The report also adds that by playing and reading with children, older people are less likely to suffer loneliness. It states the children get more opportunities for one-to-one reading and play time and see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills.

Intergenerational relationships are something Rapport Housing & Care has been embracing in its care homes for some time, with a parent and toddler group visiting residents of Rogers House Residential Care Home in Gillingham, every Monday. The group spend the morning playing together with babies as young as a few months old attending the session.

Year 1 pupils of Bishop Chavasse Primary School also visit Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge every other week. They often share creative activities, learning about occasions such as Chinese New Year and Remembrance Day together.

Donna Weeks, Headteacher of Bishop Chavasse Primary School said: “The opportunity to visit Barnes Lodge residents is something incredibly special for us as a school and something all schools should embrace. In particular, our visit for Remembrance Day highlighted this more than ever. A multi-generation morning where we came together to create poppies and wreaths and hear from the residents about their war time experiences is an opportunity not to be taken for granted. Friendships have been created between our children, staff and the residents and these visits provide many special memories for us all.”

Nicky Pett, General Manager of Barnes Lodge added: “Our relationship with the local school is just wonderful, the residents so look forward to their visits and their faces really light up when they arrive. We have even had some residents develop in confidence and really come out of their shells since spending time with the children, it’s truly lovely to be a part of.”

Posted : 27/02/2019

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