Residents at Featherton House Care Home in Deddington have enjoyed reading Christmas wishes from local school children.
During December, the home received a beautiful selection of handmade Christmas cards from some of the children at Helmdon Primary School. The four-year-olds from ‘Panda Class’ wanted to show residents their writing skills. The children have been practicing holding pencils correctly and learning how to write their names. To challenge themselves further, they wanted to include festive messages in their cards for residents.
The cards came in a wonderful array of colourful hand-drawn designs. Full of Christmas cheer, they were proudly on display around the home throughout the Christmas period.
There are many proven benefits for care home residents interacting with younger generations. While having positive effects on wellbeing, this can also help with reminiscence. Intergenerational links often bring back happy childhood memories or memories with their own children.
Jean Waddup, 75, a resident at Featherton House care home, said: “It was so lovely to receive the Christmas cards from the children at Helmdon Primary School. We thoroughly enjoyed reading through the cards and their writing is fantastic!
“I will be writing a card back to the children, they are so precious! I hope they all have a lovely Christmas.”
Mrs Caren Whitehouse, Teaching Assistant at Helmdon Primary School, said: “The children really enjoyed writing the Christmas cards to the residents at Featherton House. We have been working very hard and have been practicing our handwriting skills, and they have felt very proud to be able to show them off.
“Creating connections with people in our community is very important, particularly people of an older generation. They can bring out some lovely traits in children including kindness and compassion.”
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