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Netherton Green Care Home Hosts Heartwarming Intergenerational Event

22 May 2024

As part of our B Happie Home initiative, which aims to foster connections by building intergenerational bonds between residents and younger individuals, Netherton Green Care Home recently hosted a delightful visit from pre-nursery children. This initiative highlights the profound impact of such connections in enhancing the well-being of care home residents.

The children and residents spent a joyful morning crafting bumble bees from weather cones, an activity that sparked smiles and laughter throughout the home. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and warmth as the children’s arrival visibly brightened the faces of the elderly residents.

Adding to the special day was the presence of Mark Dale, Head of Hospitality at Advinia, who enthusiastically joined in the fun. His participation further underscored the importance of community and shared experiences in care home settings.

A particularly heartwarming moment occurred when the children surprised resident Graham with a toy cake and a chorus of “Happy Birthday,” in celebration of his special day. Graham expressed his heartfelt gratitude, saying, “They made my day. It was such a wonderful surprise to have them remember my birthday.”

Intergenerational activities like these offer myriad benefits for both the elderly and the young. For care home residents, such interactions can alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, improve mental health, and bring a renewed sense of purpose and joy. Engaging with children can stimulate cognitive functions and evoke fond memories, contributing to their emotional well-being.

For the children, these experiences are equally enriching. They learn invaluable lessons in empathy, respect, and the importance of community. Spending time with older adults fosters patience, listening skills, and an appreciation for history and personal stories, shaping them into well-rounded individuals who value and respect all generations.

Moreover, fostering these intergenerational bonds bridges societal divides, creating a more inclusive and understanding community. It allows for the exchange of unique perspectives and shared experiences, enriching lives on both sides.

The B Happie Home initiative at Netherton Green Care Home is a shining example of the positive impact of intergenerational interactions. Through simple activities and thoughtful gestures, these connections bring joy, understanding, and a sense of belonging to everyone involved.