Nursery school makes new friends at care home
A St George care home has been welcoming visits from nursery school children in order to improve wellbeing for residents and visitors alike.
St Georges Care Home on Kenn Road has been hosting visits from children at Tiny Steps nursery for several months.
Caring Homes, the company that runs St George’s is now actively encouraging visits from toddler groups, schools and youth groups.
St Georges Care Home offers specialist nursing care including trial stays, short stay and convalescent care for up to 67 people. According to the company, there is growing evidence that building these unlikely friendships increases residents' sense of worth and wellbeing by sharing their life experiences with young people and it is helping local primary school children better understand the older generation.
The focus of the visits is to bring together the different generations to bond, socialise and enjoy each other’s company over structured, mutually beneficial activities.
During last week’s visit residents and children played picture bingo and then made ‘plate’ fish during an arts and crafts session.
In the UK and Australia studies have shown that activities that include children and older adults in a care facility can increase self-esteem and promote friendships. In Japan, shared play activities have been found to result in greater smiles and more conversation for elders.