Community Links at Eastwood Care Home

children and Alexandra House residents playing games

Multiple Benefits as School and Care Home link for Activities.

Alexandra House is renowned for its close association with the local community and in particular the links with the young people of Eastwood.

A lot of the residents are not mobile and it is a real treat when youngsters visit from schools, brownies and choirs; they are all joyous sharing occasions.

The benefits of these visits, in conjunction with the close links forged with the local Brookhill Leys Primary & Nursery School, has initiated a new project with the local community. Research shows that developing relationships between the elderly and the young benefits the wellbeing of both parties and we have certainly found this to be true.

The aim of this new venture allows and encourages young children to interact with our residents and for the children to engage with caring for others and learn about the past. Our overall objective is to generate enjoyment, learning and communication across the age groups.

This sharing partnership has already started. Verbal communications are strengthening and we are now into week three. The children come running noisily into Alexandra House. The traditional ‘snakes and ladders’ gets everyone excited, and other games such as Connect 4 prove popular too. A relaxed chat session about ‘what happened on the week-end’ created an exchange of ideas with fruit and refreshment concluding the visits.

‘’The children visit every Monday and it is like a breath of fresh air, tumbling into the home!’’ Said the care-home manager.

Activities Coordinator- Debbie Bonser spearheaded the project with the Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Sainsbury and class teacher Charlotte, all are pleased with the outcome. The residents are thoroughly enjoying the children’s company and have made the children a thank you card.

‘’I’ve wanted to make this connection for many years. My career began with the elderly and I understand passionately the importance of this communication between the children and ‘the older girls and boys!’’ confirmed Matthew Whitefield – Eastgate Care’s Operations Manager.