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Bringing generations together: Here’s what happens when you put a kindergarten in a care home

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Bringing generations together: Here’s what happens when you put a kindergarten in a care home
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For more than 25 years, Providence Mount St Vincent nursing home has been operating a daycare centre in their facility.

This pre-school nursery is actually inside an old people’s home

Pre-schoolers and older people being cared for together, while interacting together and teaching each other at the same time. Brilliant!

Never too old to play!Source: Facebook Brightvibes
Pensioner Playmates: youngster sing, colour and read with the older residents For more than a quarter of a century Providence Mount St Vincent has been operating the ILC (Inter-generational Learning Centre) – a nursing home that seeks to foster a sense of community among its approximately 400 residents through interactions with the youngsters in the facility's daycare. Source: Facebook/WorldEconomicForum

How does it work?

The Mount’s website explains that the children and residents come together in a variety of planned activities such as music, dancing, art, lunch, and storytelling.

The ILC offers children opportunities:

  • To learn about the normal ageing process;
  • To accept people with disabilities;
  • To be involved with people who are two or three generations apart;
  • To become part of an extended family;
  • To help them reduce their fear of older adults; and
  • To receive and give unconditional and unbounded love and attention.

In addition, residents and program participants benefit from:

  • Frequent interaction with children throughout their day;
  • Physical activity in playing with the children;
  • Opportunities to play, laugh and enjoy the spirit and joy that children bring to their home environment;
  • A renewed sense of self-worth;
  • An opportunity to transfer knowledge; and
  • The ability to serve as role models.

These activities result in mutual benefits for both generations.

Source: washington.providence.org

The children break the cycle of loneliness and boredom common in care homes.
The staff wanted to create a home where people came to live not die: The children break the cycle of loneliness and boredom common in care homes. Source: dailymail.co.uk
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