New Century Care is doing its bit to bridge the age gap by launching intergenerational playgroups across its 21 homes.
The roll-out follows a successful trial at New Century’s Westbank home in Kent and The Oaks in Colchester.
Genevieve Rodrigues, Home Manager at Westbank care home, said: “The staff love watching the children and the residents form these new relationships and have fun together. It is so important for our residents to be part of the community, and for many of them, the playgroup is one their highlights of the week.”
The initiative mirrors similar schemes in the US and Australia which have helped tackle loneliness among elderly residents and improved children’s language development.
Jon Catterwell, Regional Manager at New Century Care, said: “We have been running the playgroup at Westbank and The Oaks for six-months now, and it has proven to be a huge hit with both the toddlers and our residents.
“Having the children, who are wonderful bundles of energy, and their parents at Westbank and The Oaks, encourages our residents to be active, and helps them to interact and remain engaged with the local community which we value so highly.
“We are now working with our other homes and their respective local communities to set up similar playgroups.”