Sourced by Lottie

Intergenerational activities in a care home are not only a great way to help residents stay connected to their community, build social networks, and create a sense of belonging but also offer younger generations the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons from the wisdom and life experiences of care home residents.
Recently, Brookwater House Care Home in Enfield hosted the perfect intergenerational day to bring generations together.

During a glamorous day, residents enjoyed a pamper session, complete with manicures and hairstyling from local beauty students at Barnet Southgate College. Followed by a photoshoot and social lunch where they shared their pearls of wisdom with younger generations.

With an average age of 86, residents at Brookwater House have watched beauty trends come and go over the years – and had plenty of life lessons and advice to share with younger generations.

Here are the timeless secrets to finding self-confidence from the residents at Brookwater House Care Home:

– ‘Beauty isn’t just on the outside, it’s on the inside as well’, shared Teju (61-years-old)
– ‘You are born unique for a reason. It’s important to accept it’, shared Ray (88-years-old)
– ‘Treat your body with respect’, shared Meryll (97-years-old)
– ‘Feel good about yourself’, shared Audrey (88-years-old)
– ‘Remember to treat yourself’, shared Frances (98-years-old)

Daniela Danciulescu, Care Home Manager at Brookwater House, shares the joy had by everyone involved in this intergenerational activity:

“As we age, it’s really important to stay connected to others and your local community. That’s why it’s a pleasure to be able to bring generations together through activities like these at our home. Our residents truly cherished the opportunity to share their life experiences and wisdom with younger generations, offering invaluable advice on finding self-confidence.

It was so lovely to see younger generations inspired by the words of wisdom shared by Audrey, Meryll, Frances, Ray, and Teju. The combination of a pamper day, followed by a glamorous photoshoot and social lunch, brought joy to everyone involved and created a memorable and empowering experience for our residents.”

Senior Care Expert Manager at Lottie, Hannah Karim, shares the importance of encouraging residents to reminisce on fond memories and share their experiences with younger generations:

“The timeless wisdom and advice shared by the residents at Brookwater House is not only a reminder that there are so many lessons we can learn from older generations, but also serves as a perfect example of how true self-confidence is nurtured through experiences, embracing uniqueness, and treating others with kindness.

The pamper day and photoshoot perfectly capture the essence of this confidence, reminding us all that beauty comes from within and radiates with age. That’s why initiatives like this one at Brookwater House not only inspire, but also bring generations together, creating a sense of belonging, and it has been truly heartwarming to be a part of.”

Intergenerational activities in care homes, just like this one at Brookwater House, play an important role in creating a vibrant and uplifting atmosphere. When different age groups come together, whether through shared hobbies, storytelling, or collaborative projects, it creates an enriching environment and offers the foundations for meaningful relationships.

The exchange of perspectives and experiences between residents and younger generations creates a sense of excitement and mutual understanding. This not only uplifts the residents’ spirits but also positively impacts the overall mood of the care home, creating a culture of inclusivity, joy, and a shared appreciation for the lessons we can learn from each other – no matter our age.