My first Magazine - Page 77

d i K w e The N k c o l B e on th es princess d n a s e c n ri p r u Introducing o St Joseph’s Home welcomed its newest addition to the family when the infant and childcare centre was officially launched in August 2017. The centre, together with the inter-generational playground, offers the Jurong West community a new way to raise our little ones as well as to support our oldest members. “The centre creates a space where everyone can find a place to co-exist - the young, the older, the dying and the sick. This Full Circle Care Model is where we can learn to embrace one another to live in harmony,” says Sr Geraldine Tan, Executive Director of the home. A childcare in a nursing home??!! Yes! Research has shown that older adults who have regular interaction with children report an improved sense of well-being and purpose. Children too learn about disability and the ageing process from young thus lessening their fear of growing older and being in the company of seniors. That’s it? The centre is also one way to attract back-to-work parents to join us and the community to come visit and spend time with the seniors. Did we mention the laughter, joy, energy, excitement, innocence and perspective that the children can bring? So how is this childcare centre different from others? A large part of the curriculum revolves around inter-generational programmes that bring children and residents together to play, eat, do art and craft and exercise among other things. Care is also taken to ensure the programmes meet their cognitive, psycho-motor and social skills. The beauty of having both childcare and nursing home under one roof is the flexibility it affords the staff to meet regularly, plan programmes and implement them almost immediately. St Joseph’s Home | | 75 75 St Joseph’s Home