INTERGENERATIONAL PLAYGROUPS BRING JOY
Mercy Health is passionate about keeping aged care residents connected to their local community and intergenerational playgroups are just one way of achieving that goal.
Mercy Health has many aged care homes in Australia. Each home is unique, with different benefits and features, however one common characteristic is that each is part of their local community.
Mercy Health is passionate about keeping aged care residents connected to their local community and intergenerational playgroups are just one way they are achieving that goal.
Intergenerational playgroups bring together very young and older people to encourage friendships, help prevent feelings of isolation and simply bring a smile to the faces of both aged care residents and children.
Mercy Health Lifestyle and Volunteer Manager Karren Gooding said the concept of intergenerational playgroups is a relatively new one but the feedback from participants so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
“We trialled the playgroups at Mercy Place Rice Village in Geelong, Victoria and Mercy Place Parkville, Victoria last year and they were a hit with everyone who took part,” Ms Gooding said.
“Mercy Health is trialling the playgroups at more residential aged care homes in 2016, including Sandringham, Werribee and Montrose, with the aim of eventually making them a permanent fixture at all of our homes.”
If you would like to find out more about the intergenerational playgroups or to register your interest, please call Mercy Health Support Services on (03) 8416 7777.
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Photo supplied by Mercy Health taken at Mercy Place Wyndham.
Photo – Intergenerational playgroup Mercy Place Wyndham. [Photo supplied by Mercy Health]