Building true communities
Nightingale House, a care home in South London, is soon to include a children’s nursery on the same site; the first example in the UK, so far as I am aware, of this kind of co-provision.
While there will always be some who will seek the sense of protection and security afforded by gated communities and the like, I think a true sense of community can only come from a mix of age groups, all of whom see a particular group of buildings and open spaces as being very much a ‘shared turf’ where the generations can engage with each other and all enjoy richer lives as a consequence.
There will always be limitations on how truly a ‘home’ a care home can be but, by integrating a care home with its surrounding social environment, I think that sense of ‘home’ can be widened.
So hats off to Nightingale House and the soon-to-be-opened Apples and Honey nursery. This kind of development can only help to counter the negative image of care homes which the national media take such delight in reinforcing.
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