An innovative service

We have a proven track record of innovative residential care that enhances the lives of residents. We are a world-class centre of excellence that is seen as a blueprint for what a residential care home should be. 

 

Bringing generations together

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In September 2017 the UK’s first nursery to be based at a care home opened in a converted building in the grounds of Nightingale House. Children from the Apples and Honey nursery can often be seen at Nightingale House taking part in activities with older people such as baking and singing. Similar schemes are already happening in the US, Canada and Japan but this is the first initiative of its kind in the UK. When generations come together everyone benefits. It combats loneliness on older people and gives children pleasure too. That’s why we’ll be looking to pioneer new intergenerational projects in future too. 

In March 2019 we published our first findings of a study that measured the impact of the daily intergenerational programme on the well-being of our elderly care home residents.   It found that the intergenerational sessions alleviate symptoms of loneliness and depression, stimulates the brain in different ways and lifts the spirits of all involved.  Here is the executive summary and the full report. 

 

Apples & Honey Nightingale Nursery launched on a lovely Sunday in June 2017 with almost 400 people enjoying a Family Fun Day, half of whom were from the local neighbourhood.
“We watch the children sing and dance and play games, it’s fabulous. The residents who take part have a great time.” Fay Garcia

Resident