Accent residents at Station View, our extra care scheme in Barrow, have been welcoming some special little visitors into their home.
Children from Happy Tots, a local nursery, have been joining residents with the aim of bringing the young and young at heart together, to share activities and learn from each other, and fight the impact loneliness can have on the health and wellbeing of elderly people.
Accent Extra Care Manager Amy Bower and Happy Tots Nursery Manager Helen Coward came up with the idea to get residents and children together. “Loneliness and isolation can be a big problem when you are older,” said Amy. “Even within Station View, some of the residents have very few visitors because their families live further away and can’t often come to see them.”
Nursery Manager Helen Coward is delighted with the visits and hoping for many more. “Our children can’t wait for their next visit” she said. “They freely talk about their new friends at Station View. I can’t thank the staff and residents enough for the warm welcome we all received.”
Not only have the children thrived from all the attention, they have gained a better understanding of the different people who make up the local community as well as a wider understanding of places and acceptable behaviour in new surroundings. Residents have been delighted to meet their enthusiastic new visitors. “It was lovely being with the children” said Irene (pictured), “they have given me a real boost”.