The First Inter-generational Care Home in the UK has Opened

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We wrote a blog a few weeks ago detailing the new Channel 4 documentary that introduced children to a care home environment. After having watched the programme, it was clear to see that having children in a care home positively impacted the care home residents' mental health.

The concept of inter-generational care facilities was conceived in 1976 when a Tokyo establishment became the first to role as both a nursery and a care home. The idea has taken off in other countries, with such establishments popping up across Europe and Australia; the Singapore government has even pledged £1.7bn to improve aging initiative across the country, including 10 new inter-generational developments.

The UK however, has been late to catch on to the scheme. Until now.

The Nightingale House in South London has become the first ever inter-generational facility in the UK. Speaking on the scheme, 89-year-old Nightingale House resident, Fay Garcia, likened having children at the care home to ‘being reborn,’ before adding ‘isn’t it fantastic? It’s the highlight of my week,’ whilst bouncing baby Sasha on her knee.

It’s impossible to tell whether or not the Channel 4 documentary influenced the decision to open the doors to children at Nightingale House in South London. However, the evidence from the programme certainly suggested that increased social interaction improves the moods, mobility and memory of care home residents after only six-weeks with children. The Bristol-based St Monica Trust who ran the scheme have since committed to adding a full-time nursery to one of its care homes, playgrounds at a number of other sites and is now developing a new retirement village.

Speaking on the initiative, Stephen Burke, Director of United for All Ages, said:

“[It’s] about bringing people together,” says Burke. “By getting people talking to each other, you break down some of the barriers and challenge some of the stereotypes [particularly around ageism, dementia and other conditions affecting older people]. We see this having benefits for all generations.”

After the introduction of the UK’s first intergenerational facility, one thing is certain, exciting times lie ahead for the care industry!

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