A group of pupils from Pinhoe Primary School recently spent the afternoon at Green Tree Court. They exchanged Christmas cards, chatted, and sang carols for the residents. Meanwhile, our residents had been busy making special personalised name tags for each child to take home. They also presented the schoolchildren with a fabulous festive chocolate wreath.
Helen Rushton, Director of Green Tree Court, commented: “Staff and residents always look forward to when the children at Pinhoe Primary come to visit. There’s always lots of laughter and stories to be shared and the children really do light up the room. Of course Christmas is such an exciting time for the children, and that special cheer and joy really rubs off on all of us. We do what we can to make Green Tree Court as welcoming as possible for the younger members of or resident’s family with things like play equipment here. And we really cherish our connection with our local primary school as their regular visits have such an impact on daily life, especially for residents whose families live further away.”
The visit came a week before the Christmas special screening of the Channel 4 documentary “Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds.” The acclaimed social experiment examines how mixing the generations by introducing young children into residential care homes for older people could be key in combatting the problem of loneliness amongst the older people. Loneliness is estimated to be as bad for health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day according to the Campaign to End Loneliness.
Loneliness and older people in numbers:
- 74,000 people in the South West will spend Christmas alone according to Age UK Exeter
- An Alzheimer’s Society report found a third of people with dementia said they lost friends following a diagnosis. Nearly 1 in 10 leave the house only once a month.
- Age UK say 3.6 million people aged 65 and over agree that the television is their main form of company.
- A poll by Independent Age identified that more than 1 in 3 people aged 75 and over say that feelings of loneliness are out of their control.