The Imlay House has officially opened a lively room of little ones.
The Imlay House Auxiliary ladies were pleased to see the donated amount of $6000 turn into a vibrant daycare room in the nursing home at Imlay Kindy’s official opening on Thursday, June 14.
Imlay Kindy coordinator Hayley Reynolds spent six months working on the room and is excited to see the potential of her inter-generational program flourish with pre-school aged children and the residents of Imlay House.
“In terms of the room being in a nursing home, it is to break down the barriers.
“Logistically it is easier too, the facility here at Imlay house is wonderful! It is a safe and relaxed environment for the children outside of their own home,” Ms Reynolds said.
The inclusion of having a daycare at Imlay House is to help relieve some of the misconceptions associated with nursing homes.
“Having this space helps to communicate the breakdown of misconceptions,” she said.
“Now the children are part of the aged care facility and the oldies absolutely love them.”
Four children attend Imlay Kindy three days per week and Ms Reynolds looks forward to inviting residents to interact in the new space.
“Initially we came here on excursions, but it just doesn't feel right. It isn’t about novelty visits anymore – we want a natural and meaningful connection,” she said.