Care homes are being urged to encourage more interaction between residents and children to boost the wellbeing of both generations.
Software provider Access Group has launched its Teaching Forgotten Skills campaign to help children learn new talents, including knitting, map reading and heritage games, in a move which should also improve residents’ mental health.
“We are seeing bigger gaps between the younger and older generations in society,” says Access Group’s director of social care Steve Sawyer. “But more interaction can help with school children’s written skills and self-confidence while helping to tackle loneliness in the older community. Being isolated does not always mean being on your own, you can be in a room full of people and feel lonely.”
Speaking in a CHM audio interview Sawyer says the initiative can re-ignite residents’ interest in hobbies and skills and unlock long-term memories.
The scheme was introduced at The Uplands Nursing & Dementia Care Home in Shropshire where residents met children from a local primary school.
Carey Bloomer, managing director at The Uplands care home praised the scheme. “It is incredible to see the impact that spending a few hours with young people can have on our residents’ health and happiness,” she says.
Hear the exclusive interview with Steve Sawyer discussing the benefits of the Teaching Forgotten Skills campaign.