Nursery children bring cheer to care home

Posted December 18, 2017

Twelve children from the Evergreen Nursery which is based at the Celtic Manor in Newport spent the morning with residents at our Cwmbran House care home on Friday which proved beneficial for all.

This was their first visit to the home where they received a warm welcome from residents. The children had a great time and everyone enjoyed singing and reading books together along with games including ‘bat the balloon.’

The visit was arranged by teacher Stephanie Jones. She said: 

“We were inspired to arrange the visit after watching the documentary 'Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds' on Channel All 4. It showed how the interaction with young people drastically improved the mental health and wellbeing of the elderly residents involved. We are really keen to improve our community links and are hoping to make visit such as these a regular occurrence. It’s lovely to see the interaction and how our childrn brightened people’s day, they also learnt about how they can help care for their elderly relatives.”

Resident Monica Vaughan said “It’s been lovely yes I should say. I’d love to see them all again. Can they all stay here with me? They’re beautiful, they have such lovely manners. What a lovely nursery, they’re a credit to you.”

Karen Healey, Hafod’s Director of Nursing, Quality & Service Development

“We were thrilled to welcome the children from Evergreen to Cwmbran House. Pilot programmes have demonstrated that spending time with young children can have a hugely beneficial effect on older peoples’ wellbeing and we saw this first-hand today.

It’s so important for our residents to socialise and feel part of the local community and it was clear that having the children around gave them a real boost. They’re already looking forward to the next visit!

We already have a number of successful intergenerational projects running with older children visiting our care schemes and we are keen to work with more nurseries in the future.”

Cwmbran House Care Home in Pontnewydd provides residential care for 56 people including a specialist unit caring for those living with dementia. To find out more please call the home directly on (01633) 838806.