Building friendships across generations
NURSERY children and residents at a Hanham residential care home have been enjoying blossoming friendships as part of a scheme to provide benefits for both generations.
The children from Mama Bear’s Hanham Hall nursery and residents from Beeches Care Home in High Street have built strong relationships in recent months and particularly enjoyed their most recent catch-up when the children introduced their new friends to the nursery group’s mascot, Mama Bear herself.
Everyone also enjoyed playing musical instruments, dancing and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Nursery manager Hannah Lark said: "It is wonderful to see the friendships developing between the children and the residents at Beeches Care Home.
"Schemes like this have been found to improve the mental and physical health of the elderly as well as developing children’s independence and confidence as they learn to play with new people, and help to improve their language skills.
"It is a pleasure to watch everyone interacting with each other, sharing experiences and learning new things. It was particularly lovely this week when Mama Bear showed up to surprise the children and the residents!
"We’d like to say a big thank you to the residents and management at Beeches Care Home for being so welcoming."
Matthew Windows, manager at Beeches Care Home, said: "I would like to thank Mama Bear's for the opportunity of regular visits to our care home. Our residents, their families and our staff love the time spent with the children, it’s a highlight of our week!
"This type of involvement is vital to both the young and young at heart so thank you."
The family-run Beeches Care Home provides short and long-term care including day care for people aged 60 plus.