Bringing generations together

Published: 12 February 2019

The Care Inspectorate is encouraging care services across Scotland
to bring together younger and older people for everyone’s benefit.

A new resource full of good practice examples is being launched to
give care services ideas on how to bring generations together in a
variety of care settings in a way that improves the quality of their

It boasts examples from across the country of how people of different
age groups can develop meaningful relationships and enjoy a rich
variety of experiences.

Peter Macleod, chief executive of the Care Inspectorate said: “Intergenerational practice is not a new concept.

“People of different ages often speak of the enjoyment and the
benefits of being together, getting to know one another, learning from
each other and having fun.

“Age often doesn’t mean a thing when they get together.

“We know that spending time with other generations also has a wider
impact. It helps us to strengthen and regenerate our communities by
promoting inclusion and understanding.

“This, in turn, helps us to make our communities happier and more vibrant places to live and work.

“This resource highlights some of the different ways people from
across the generations have been brought together which you may wish to
think about.

“It gives good practice stories of older and younger people from a
variety of settings coming together to get to know one another, to learn
from one another and develop caring, sustainable friendships.

“We hope that these stories will encourage care services to explore
opportunities to connect with people across generations and bring them
together to develop intergenerational relationships.”

The resource is available here:

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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