‘Now more than ever we need connection’: Joint childcare and aged care to open

What do residents and students at a new centre opening at the end of the year have in common?

“We are strangers and we are old, probably ugly too,” jokes 88-year-old Barry Smith.

He and his wife, Rose, live at an aged care home that is about to have a childcare centre, which will cater for 66 pre-schoolers, built alongside it. The centre, called The Herd, will also be integrated into the aged care home.

Mr Smith, a former teacher who has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, is looking forward to the dancing and chattering of young children at his Uniting AgeWell Andrew Kerr Community residence in Mornington.

It’s one of at least three intergenerational care practices being built in Melbourne.

Please click here to read the full “‘Now more than ever we need connection’: Joint childcare and aged care to open” article published at The Age, written by Nicole Precel.

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