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Children’s visits bring happy days to nursing home

A care home finds that inviting children from the nursery next door to join residents with dementia in activities such as cooking and dancing benefits everyone

A care home finds that inviting children from the nursery next door to join residents with dementia in activities such as cooking and dancing benefits everyone

‘We’re really excited about the work we’re doing and it’s given us all a boost,’ says registered general nurse Lucy Dawson, who is helping to lead an intergenerational engagement project at Wren Hall, a 53-bed independent care home in Nottingham.

Wren Hall specialises in looking after people with dementia who often have other co-morbidities. ‘We don’t just want to look after the physical needs of the people we care for, but the social aspects too – the small things that matter to them and make every day a little bit brighter.’

Lucy Dawson: 'They are building therapeutic relationships.’ Picture: John Houlihan

This spring, Wren Hall joined the Teaching Care Homes Programme, facilitated

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