Seniors enjoy interaction with pre-schoolers

The clients of Home Instead enjoying some card making with a student from Little Coast Kids, San Remo

Seniors and pre-schoolers shared a special early Easter treat at Camp Breakaway, San Remo, where they spent some time together making Easter goodies.

Twenty seniors who participate in the Home Instead aged care service, were delighted to have 10 pre-schoolers from Little Coast Kids in San Remo share their morning tea on Wednesday, March 17, and to make Easter cards and decorations.

They also had an Easter egg hunt and enjoyed a walk along the lakefront.

Home Instead is an aged care service offering various services designed to help seniors stay in their own homes rather than moving into a nursing home.

Their services range from helping with domestic duties such as cleaning through to dementia support, and everything in between.

Home Instead can also organise transport or even arrange a companion for seniors to have a coffee with or lunch.

“We help seniors embrace their independence and work closely within our senior community to ensure that they receive the best care.

“However, some seniors can experience feelings of social isolation and loneliness from time to time,” said Jasmine Hopcraft, the Director of Home Instead Central Coast/Newcastle.

“Hosting this Easter event is an amazing opportunity for pre-schoolers to help their new friends socialise and get creative,” she said.

The idea behind this celebration came from a television documentary “Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds” which explored the benefits of children interacting with senior citizens.

“Socialisation is a big focus for our seniors and we created this event to restore connection, purpose and joy, to remind them of their skills and abilities.”

This event was meant to be held last year but because of Covid restrictions it was postponed, but now it will be an annual event at Easter.

“It was an overwhelming success and the seniors loved it,” Hopcraft said.

Harry Mulholland