'Nannies & Grampies' Program A Huge Hit For Kids And Nursing Home Residents

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 13:37 PM

An intergenerational program called 'Nannies and Grampies' continues to make a major impact in the lives of residents at Rocmaura Nursing Home and the kids at Origins daycare.

Pamela Clark is the Recreation Therapist Manager at Rocmaura. She says they've been working with Origins for a number of years and decided to expand the program even more to include Tuesday afternoon get-togethers.

They kicked things off with bowling and will also hold craft, ice cream, cookie baking and sports days.

Clark says watching the children pass the residents the bowling balls brought tears to her eyes calling the interaction "wonderful to watch".

She says they also have kids from the daycare visit residents every Friday morning and the goal this year was to work with more after school programs.

They have started a reading program every Friday afternoon where residents can help teach kids how to read.

Clark says a lot of the nursing home residents grandchildren are no longer in the city because they had to move for work.

She says the program has led to the residents treating the kids as they're own.

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