Once again, Rebecca English from the Jo Jingles Group herded one of her nine classes into Home of Compassion care home in Thames Ditton. Jo Jingles offers fun music, singing and movement sessions for pre school children and we welcomed the 3 months to walking group as they gathered excitedly in our bistro.
The residents are always memorised by the babies and little
ones plus the parents get the bonus of being able to sit on our heated tiling
instead of their usual drafty church hall floor.
Although a few of the songs are new, they are easy enough
for everyone to quickly join in and we suspect many of the residents enjoy
themselves more than the babies, although just by a nose. The parents are also thrilled by the
interaction between their children and our residents, especially as many have
seen the recent Channel 4 TV programme “Old Peoples Home for 4 Year Olds”.
The generation gap is proven to inspire both groups to join
in and enjoy themselves more. The
children help residents shed their sensible sides and encourage everyone,
including the staff, to be as silly as possible. The residents in turn know the children will
not judge them for being in wheelchairs or not being able to sit up straight;
to the children we are all just people and their curiosity is genuine and not
invasive; innocence and a quest to learn can banish the awkwardness many adults
show when speaking to persons with disabilities.
An old favourite, “Heads and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” has
been transformed into “Heads and S houlders, Tummy and Toes” and “Row, Row, Row
Your Boat” boomed out loud and clear.
“Wibble Wobble” required some shuffling of hips by all participants that
resulted in contagious giggles.
We look forward to seeing all the children again soon. To quote the TeleTubbies “Again, Again”.
Home of Compassion is dedicated to providing the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 71 elderly residents. The luxurious care home is set in delightful surroundings in the heart of Thames Ditton, with beautiful views over the river.
If you would like to find out more about life at Home of Compassion, our events and activities, or would like to arrange a visit to our home, please contact us on 0808 223 5406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.