Kids visit rest home residents
There was a change of pace for residents at the Coronation Lodge Rest Home last week.
The New Plymouth rest home’s elderly residents played host to a group of 15 two to fouryear-olds from Jumpstart preschool, providing the chance for young and old to connect and form lasting relationships.
Karen Gyde, a recreation officer at the rest home, helped organise the visit. Her grandson Cruz, 5, goes to preschool.
It was the first time that Jumpstart preschool had visited the rest home and Gyde hoped it wouldn’t be the last.
‘‘Some kids can be quite scared of the elderly so this gives them a chance to mingle and connect and form relationships.
‘‘I also bought all the kids lollipops and balloons to help sweeten the deal,’’ Gyde said.
Jumpstart teacher Emma Kalin agreed the chance for everyone to form relationships was vital.
‘‘This is a chance for the kids to talk to other people who aren’t their age and form relationships with other people,’’ she said.
For the the preschool, which usually go on bus trips once a week, it was also a chance for the children to get out in the community and Kalin said the Cruz and Karen link was a good chance to do just that.
The childrensang songs to the residents and Cruz was busy reading Magpie Magic with Wilfred ‘Wink’ Burgess, 92.
Burgess, who has three grown children himself, said having the young ones visit for the day was a great experience.
Asked if the kids were a bit too noisy he replied: ‘‘No, no , no, certainly not. I love it.’’
Burgess said that the kids today were a bit more active and a bit more cheeky than his own were.
Cruz said he had also enjoyed his visit so far and really liked reading the book with Burgess.
Robyn Sanders rest home Manager said the day had been ‘‘very successful’’ and it was wonderful to see the interaction between both groups.
‘‘We’d love the chance to have them back again.’’
Magpie Magic was a hit for Wilfred Burgess 92, Karen Gyde and Cruz Gyde who all read a book together.