Chatting between generations is a hit

GENERATIONS have been coming together at a Bognor Regis care home for a good old chin wag.

Inter-generational conversations have been filling the air at Elizabeth House with dementia residents and students enjoying time together.

For the past nine weeks, students Hudson, Hamish and Fabio from Seaford College have been welcomed every Tuesday into the home run by Shaw heathcare.

The home’s activity coordinators Sue and Gemma said: “In the planning stages, we were not too sure about the idea of this project but, it has given so much joy to the residents who really love seeing the students.

“It has been a real eye opener for us and we shall look forward to more interaction with Seaford College next term”

The project focuses around different generations coming together for conversations in relaxed environments, whilst at the same time highlighting many generational similarities or differences of the people, not simply the age differences.

Doreen Pearson, who has lived in the home for the past four years, said: “I really enjoyed the students visiting me and I looked forward to seeing them each time.

“I liked it when Fabio played the piano; it was excellent. It was nice to talk about my life and the jobs I used to have and what I did at school. It made me feel good.”

The students are offered a full induction prior to visits starting.

Jane Harris, relationship manager for Shaw, said: “It’s so important the students understand why people are here and that this is their home.”

The link between the college and Shaw is set to continue with a picnic and musical party being planned for residents from all 
Shaw homes across the Sussex.