Residents entertained the children by playing with an Octaband, designed for use by the elderly and children with physical and cognitive challenges, as well as to encourage movement and interaction.
The initiative enables the development of relationships between generations and has been shown to reduce the likelihood of social isolation in the elderly, teach children news skills, as well as aid in cognitive simulation.
Linda Baillie, HC-One Care Home Manager at Home Farm, commented: “It was lovely to have the children come in for a visit. Their inquisitive nature and chatter created much discussion and laughter amongst our residents and it was fantastic to see the interaction between generations.”
The visit was part of a number of activities that have take place at the home over the past few weeks. Residents and staff recently raised £130 for the home’s Comfort Fund and will contribute to the costs of day trips out in the minibus, as well as entertainment and games.
A day trip to the local church also saw residents including Colin, Alice and Dolly get an introduction to Tai Chi, which has been found to improve co-ordination and relaxation levels amongst the elderly.
Home Farm boasts en-suite rooms, a garden, patio and its own minibus for taking residents on day trips as part of a varied activity schedule.