Technology Bridging the Gap

A six-week project to connect our aged care residents in the Blakehurst community with local high school students, has received rave reviews from residents, families, students and staff alike. The project, involving Blakehurst High School Year 7 students and residents of IbisCare Blakehurst aged care, was designed to bridge the social gap between older and younger members of the local community and develop an understanding of the life experiences of other generations.

Intergenerational programs have the power to bring diverse groups together and unite communities by building relationships and sharing knowledge. This specific project focuses on the life stories of elderly residents and during Zoom sessions, the students would ask questions and document their memoirs.

15 aged care residents were involved and 4 students paired with each resident. Weekly sessions were held via Zoom, to navigate Covid-19 restrictions, allowing residents and students to have open conversations, engage and learn new skills together. Relatives and family members were also encouraged to send photos to contribute to the project and the life stories will be compiled into a booklet and presented to the residents and students via live stream.

Alex Dias, our Lifestyle Manager at Ibis Care, has been a driving force behind the project. “It’s so important to capture the history and life experiences of the elderly in our community. To see the confidence of the students grow as they interact with our residents has also been heart-warming” Alex said. “The residents were excited to attend the sessions each week and the students have gained knowledge, whilst at the same time, enriching the lives of our residents. We hope to continue the programme indefinitely as the response has been overwhelmingly positive for everyone involved.”