The Care Inspectorate is encouraging care services across Scotland to bring together younger and older people for everyone’s benefit.
Bringing Generations Together is a new resource providing inspiration, further information and good practice. Some top tips to effective inter-generational activity are:
- Change the environment and activity half way through the session – starting with arts and crafts around tables for example then moving to a more active activity such as balloon games and parachute games with everyone actively participating
- Utilise residents’ skills, experiences and preferences to lead an activity, for example, preparing and handing out the snacks and drinks, leading nursery rhymes or a sensory activity
- Have a set theme for an activity around tables with an equal ratio of residents to children, for example, ‘food’ as a theme where residents help children complete a paper plate with their favourite foods from sticking on pictures from magazines, food packaging or drawings all stimulating discussion around likes, dislikes, colours, shapes and experiences
- Enable residents to visit a nursery for a session every few weeks.