Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The Villa Maria Childcare Center
This week's cool idea is the Villa Maria Childcare Center, an intergenerational shared site in Fargo, North Dakota, where children and older adults connect.
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The Villa Maria Childcare Center was opened in March 1980 and is governed and operated by the Villa Maria Resident Council.
The idea of having children in the nursing home setting was appealing, as children are a natural part of most people’s “home” environment and the goal of Villa Maria is to be as homelike as possible.
Thus, the children have much contact with the residents of the home; sending or hand-delivering cards for the hospitalized residents or on birthdays, visiting one-to-one in resident’s rooms, and participating in group activities together.
The residents become wonderful adoptive grandparents for the children and form special relationships that are beneficial to both the elderly and the children. This is a unique opportunity for many children who do not have grandparents in their lives.
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