Winner of the Solihull Together Awards 2018
After a recent Documentary aired our screens, ‘Care Home for 4 year olds’ we were specifically chosen by Solihull Council to take part in a new Intergenerational Pilot Project with Tender Years Nursery. This involves 5 of their Nursery children coming to our home, interacting and completing activities with five of our residents. The reason behind this is to impact on some of the following areas:
- Build friendships
- Increase mobility
- Increase memory
- Community involvement
- Decrease loneliness/ Social exclusion
Dr Zoe Wyrko (who led the documentary), is the Consultant physician at University Hospital Birmingham and the Director of Workforce for the British Geriatrics Society (BGS); visited our Home for the final day of our 12 week programme. I measured the change in residents by completing two questionnaires before and after – the Geriatric Depression Scale and the PHQ Questionnaire. The most outstanding result was a 50% decrease in depression levels for one of our residents.
With the brilliant success of the Project, we were put forward for an Award for Community Collaboration at the Solihull Together Awards 2018. Although we didn’t win our category, we actually won the Chair’s Choice from all of the finalists from every category. To say we are over the moon is an understatement!
We have now started our new project with five new children and residents. Everyone is loving it so far and we have had amazing feedback from our Resident’s Families.
If you would like to watch a short video of our last session, please click on the link below..
I have never regretted my selection of St Bernard's as the home for my mother and would recommend the home to any family seeking the best for an elderly family member.