What Is Intergenerational Care?
Intergenerational care involves planning activities and shared experiences that bring together different generations. While awareness of intergenerational care has grown in recent years, the concept first came about in the 1970s when a nursery school in Tokyo merged with a care home to form a joint setting.
The benefits of intergenerational interaction and care have recently been lauded in a report by United for All Ages titled ‘The Next Generation’. The report recommends that:
- Every nursery, childminder, parent/toddler group and children’s centre should link with a local older people’s care home or housing scheme – and vice versa.
- Every community should explore opportunities to develop places where younger and older people can mix and share activities and experiences.
As well as this, a recent program on Channel 4 called Old People’s Home For 4-year-Olds has also increased awareness of intergenerational care and interaction.