Nightingale House, the first care home with an onsite nursery, has recently been given an outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission with particular recognition for the intergenerational interaction there. Brilliant innovation.

The benefits of mixing ages are huge - from helping children learn and develop to reducing loneliness and improving the health of older people. And there are wider benefits for families and our society which is often segregated by age, with many youngsters not meeting older people. Bringing older and young people together can tackle myths and stereotypes, increase mutual understanding and address big issues like ageism and improving care. Mixing matters for all of us - whatever our age.

There are lots of different types of 'shared sites' or 'centres for all ages'. The care home with a nursery on site like Apples and Honey Nightingale featured  is probably the best-known example where children mix every day with the older residents. 

"Bringing older and young people together can tackle myths and stereotypes, increase mutual understanding and address big issues like ageism and improving care."

How children and old people come together in UK's first intergenerational care home

The nursery is a partnership between Apples and Honey Nursery group and the Jewish elderly care home charity Nightingale Hammerson. It is such great news to hear that this pioneering partnership has been awarded the accolade from the Care Quality Commission. And will continue to inspire the many new initiatives all over the UK which are seeing that age ghettos need to be avoided and that intergenerational innovation and integration is good for all of us. The benefits of this approach are enjoyed by the famillies of children and residents, care staff and the local community, as well as the nursery and acre home themselves.



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