What happens when you put a nursery in a care home? – podcast | News

“I think there’s something very natural about bringing young children and older people together, and yet in the UK it’s not the norm any more,” Helen Pidd, the Guardian’s north of England editor, tells Nosheen Iqbal.

Is the UK missing out on the benefits of intergenerational living? Helen visits Belong Chester, a multigenerational care home in Chester’s city centre. Sue Egersdorff, one of the founders of the care home, tells Helen that many residents are reserved when they arrive but blossom when they make friends with the nursery children.

“The children come in and you actually see them, their whole body, unfurl,” Egersdorff says.

Helen meets residents with dementia and those who care for them, and finds out about the benefits of the environment for the older residents and for the nursery children.

“I think what the children really gain is they have access to a whole ready community of incredibly patient and available older people, who do things at a slower pace, which is perfect for children who often do need a bit more time and maybe they do need to calm down a little bit.”

Belong Chester resident Margaret Darby with nursery toddler Jacob Farrell-Ogunyemi.

Photograph: Fabio De Paola/The Guardian

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