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Children visit Bexley carehome residents to improve wellbeing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 June 2018

The children visit residents once a week, as part of a programme to improve the wellbeing of the residents. Picture: Abbotsleigh Mews

The children visit residents once a week, as part of a programme to improve the wellbeing of the residents. Picture: Abbotsleigh Mews

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Residents at Bupa Abbotsleigh Mews have been brought a new lease of life by regular visits from the children at Purple Willows Nursery, which neighbours the home on Old Farm Road East in Sidcup.

Residents at Bupa Abbotsleigh Mews have been enjoying the visits from the nursery children. Picture: Abbotsleigh MewsResidents at Bupa Abbotsleigh Mews have been enjoying the visits from the nursery children. Picture: Abbotsleigh Mews

Having researched the positive impact that spending time with children can have on elderly people, home manager Tracey Cheeseman felt inspired.

She wrote to residents to ask how they would feel about the children visiting, and was overwhelmed by the positive response.

Tracey said: “The children now come to us once a week, and it is a joy to see.

“In some cases the age gap between the two is over 90 years – and yet they are able to come together and take part in activities such as singing and story-telling.”

Some of the children have also been interacting with residents at the home’s dementia unit.

Nursery manager Kellie added:“We really hope that from through this project, the children will gain an enhanced understanding of older generations.”

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