Since 2006, Kingdom Homes have run a great initiative with local nurseries and child minders – including our own nursery Little Einstein’s Kirkcaldy which allows them to visit our homes and spend quality time with our residents. Our company has a clear focus on bringing together the two generations and have found that everyone involved is reaping the benefits with wisdom being provided to the young and, in turn, longevity to the old.
Preston House in Glenrothes was joined this week by their regular guests – the children and staff from a child minder in Thornton. There was an air of excitement awaiting their arrival and energy changed as soon as the smiling faces raced through the door.
Kingdom Homes have an interactive digital ‘experience table’ aimed at helping older people, including those with dementia, improve memory recall, brain function and communication. The ‘experience table’ looks just like a real table, but with a digital touch screen surface in the middle. The table offers a wide range of entertaining interactive activities from sudoku, drawing and colouring, to reading about local history and listening to familiar tunes from the 60s and 70s. Residents can play alone or with friends and family – or in this instance – their young visitors.
The residents of Preston House played interactive games with the children and the erupt of laughter heard throughout the morning was heart-warming. The great fun had together, and the hilarity of the children, had everyone smiling from cheek to cheek. Both Care Staff and Residents commented on how uplifting they felt having the children around them. The children enjoyed the increased attention and had more opportunity to develop their social and emotional skills.
Through this exercise – it has not only allowed for Residents to bond with the children – but form friendships with each other. Through multi-player activities and the encouragement to chat, share memories and have fun it has brought a vibrancy to the home.