A couple of kind-hearted childminders have brought joy to residents at Devonshire Court, in Oadby, Leicester, by bringing their children to visit. The beautiful partnership between the childminders and the residents at the Home has been running successfully for almost a year.
Research has shown that for older people, engaging with babies and young children can help to increase wellbeing and reduce loneliness and depression. The benefits for young children are also increasingly being recognised. Childcare providers report increased confidence, less anxiety and better communication skills.
It also thought that introducing intergenerational interaction at an early age helps shape more positive attitudes toward ageing and older people among children, their parents and families.
Fiona Collins, one of the Home’s Activities Coordinators, says:
Our residents can’t wait for the children to visit so they can play with them, and spend time chatting to the childminders.
The Home’s staff believe that bringing children into Devonshire Court really supports the residents’ mental health and wellbeing. Residents and children spend time together, exchanging experiences, and engaging in activities, which is also beneficial for everyone’s physical health.
[Summary: A couple of childminders and children have brought joy to residents at Devonshire Court, in Oadby, Leicester.]