Hawthorns School visits Coppice Lea

Residents at Coppice Lea in Merstham enjoy regular visit from the children from the hawthorns school.

They are continuing to visit the residents once a week to spend time with the them and teach each other new things. The residents really get involved in interacting with the children. The children also seem to be very fond of the residents here at Coppice Lea.

Having the chance to entertain or impart knowledge can give older people a greater sense of purpose. Children are naturally inquisitive and will often include others in their games, or when exploring a new environment.

Spending the day with children can awaken parental instincts in older people who have had children themselves, or played a role in raising others’. This type of activity can trigger nostalgia and encourage them to use skills they might not use otherwise. The energy and generally happy disposition of childhood can be quickly mirrored by older people, even an upset child can motivate older people to put their own feelings to one side to improve the mood of their young visitor.

Most intergenerational initiatives involve fun activities, like listening to music, dancing, creating art, storytelling and communal eating. Participating in light-hearted activities such as these can help encourage older people active in a positive way.

Children can also benefit from spending time at Coppice Lea with the residents, they can receive more attention than they would do otherwise, and have the opportunity to learn, and to develop their social skills.

Coppice Lea provides specialist residential and nursing care in a purpose built environment for up to 51 elderly people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Coppice Lea and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5419 or coppicelea@CaringHomes.org.

Coppice Lea

Home Manager

Neema Clinton

Address

Bletchingley Road,
Merstham,
Surrey,
RH1 3QN

Contact
0808 223 5419
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