17 July 2019
Arlington Manor residents spark friendship with local preschoolers
Every Monday afternoon, the children walk from the pre-school to the care home to enjoy activities with the residents.
With facilities at the care home such as; vast landscaped gardens, a music room, a craft room, summer and winter terrace and an array of spacious living areas, the children and residents benefit from activities such as gardening, cooking and puzzles, and even enjoy crazy golf on the outdoor putting green.
As well as taking part in fun activities, the residents and children are also encouraged to dine together at the home during lunchtime – reducing the risk of social isolation during mealtimes for residents.
Manager at Cottontails Pre-School, Laura Norman said: “The children look forward to coming to the care home for their weekly visits and seeing the residents and staff there.
“They are progressing in their communication and language skills when chatting with the residents and are developing empathy and kindness.
“The children really enjoy reading stories and singing songs with the residents. We also play games and do puzzles together.”
Customer Relationship Manager at Arlington Manor Care Home, Lisa Vile said: “There is such a buzz around the home when the children are here and the residents really look forward to the visit.
“Some lovely relationships are forming and the children are learning something new every week.
“The residents who chose to take part in the sessions are more active and laugh a lot! It’s great to see some really meaningful engagement happening in the home.”
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