December 12, 2017

A Four Seasons care home & a local nursery prove age is just a number #Winter #Warmers

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In February this year we shared a beautiful story of a local nursery and a Four Seasons care home working together to bridge the age gap in Bristol.

This video went viral after being shared by BBC Radio Bristol with over 34.6 thousand shares on Facebook and over 6.1 million views!  The video was also featured on the BBC's 'The One Show'.

Residents at Osborne Court Care Home in Bristol have been welcoming some very special guests from Becket Hall Day Nursery, into their home over the past year.

It’s easy to see why this video is so popular; this heart-warming video shows the children, in the 3-4 years age range, coming together with our residents, who are aged between 70-90 years, to enjoy various activities including arts and crafts, baking, singing and dancing.

Throughout the year they have also enjoyed preparing for special occasions together and have enjoyed pancakes, made Valentine’s Day cards and around Christmas the children help to decorate the tree and one of the residents plays Santa.

Teachers from Becket Hall Day Nursery and our Four Seasons Health Care colleagues have been working together to help foster positive relationships between the two generations.

Chantelle Braford, Deputy Manager at Osborne Court, explains just how much these visits mean, to both our residents and the children of Becket Hall Day Nursery: “People living in the home and the children really enjoy their time together. The residents are always pleased to see the children and talk about the visits for days afterwards. It is heart-warming to see how they interact so well together.

“Some of our residents are grandparents, but others have no family able to visit them so the children have a special place in their lives. The children bring them out of themselves and they become happier and more engaged. Similarly, not all the children who come here have grandparents of their own so the residents fill that gap in their lives.

“One little boy who has been coming here has become really fond of one resident, so much so that his parents have asked if he could still be brought to visit when he moves up from the nursery group.”

Initiatives like this allow the children to learn how to be social with older adults and our residents treasure these special social interactions. Lynsay Elliott, Nursery Manager, said: “We initially set out to encourage and help the young children to interact and be comfortable with older people and to broaden their understanding of their community. The relationships that have developed between the generations are lovely. It is clear that young and old get benefits from spending time together. The children have grown in confidence around the older people and interact naturally with them.”

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