Who would have ever thought that pairing preschoolers with elderly nursing home residents could be beneficial? Once Seattle facility, Providence Mount St. Vincent, houses over 400 elderly residents and has recently welcomes children from the Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC) childcare facility to interact with the residents through structured and unstructured activities.
The purpose of the ILC, in broad terms, is to help the kids involved learn about the elderly. More specifically, the goal is for children to learn about the normal aging process; including learning how to accept people with disabilities, and help reduce any apprehension they may have to older individuals. The activities these children and elderly residents partake in include music classes, dancing, art, lunch, storytelling and more.
These efforts, according to a recent ABC News article, have done more than just benefit the kids; it has ‘transformed’ the elderly residents. Filmmaker Evan Briggs, who is developing a documentary about this program, stated that “As soon as the kids walked in for art or music or making sandwiches for the homeless… the residents came alive.”
Briggs calls the preschool a “genius” idea and hopes that more schools will take advantage of this type of program. Nursing homes looking to expand their services could potentially look into programs such as these as well. It’s important for your clients to remember, however, that with new programs comes new risks, so it’s important to have the right Nursing Home Risk Management Program in place. For more information about our products and services, please contact K&B Underwriters today at 855.883.6306.