Care homes

There are so many benefits for care homes to host Truth Be Told sessions.  Here are just some of the ways in which care homes can benefit from engaging with TBT:

TBT runs through local churches across the UK and for a care home to host a group, a church close by will need to be affiliated. If there isn’t a church near to your care home involved yet, your company could support and partner with them to make this possible.

“Pat started TBT unsettled and agitated but when the children arrived, her demeanour changed. She didn’t remember us, but our little community got to know and became responsive to her. Week by week, Pat became increasingly relaxed even dancing with a mum, batting balloons and waving the parachute.”

Benefits to Care homes

Core benefits

Here are some of the ways in which churches can benefit from engaging with TBT:
  • Connecting with families from the local community who can continue their
    relationship with residents and the home outside of sessions.
  • Connecting with the local churches and development of their spiritual provision.
  • Providing an opportunity to promote their work to people of the parent generation who will be making care decisions for their own parents in the years to come.

The benefits for the care homes stretch into the care workers and the residents, making this a valuable service.

Workforce benefits

Here are some of the ways in which families can benefit from engaging with TBT:

  • Witness residents “more themselves”, interacting with children and participating in sessions, helps their understanding of and care for them.
  • Can learn from the content, structure and leader of the group about how to engage intergenerational groups for the benefit of their residents.
  • TBT sessions are entirely run by the Storyteller so there is no extra work for staff.

Residents' benefits

Here are some of the ways in which the residents can benefit from engaging with TBT:

Socialising

  • Intergenerational relationships and bonds with children.
  • Time for chatting with parents.

Physical movement

  • Copying actions to nursery rhymes.
  • Opportunity to dance with children and parents.
  • Playing with children and their bubbles and balloons.

Reminiscence

  • Handmade bag covered in pockets from the past containing old items.
  • Encouraged to share their own stories and experiences.
  • Sessions are reminiscent of experiences with their own children/grandchildren.

Cognitive challenge

  • Recalling words to nursery rhymes.
  • Participating in the interactive story.

Responsive

  • Sessions are influenced by those participating.
  • Storytellers and families grow in their knowledge of residents, drawing on their experiences week on week.

Cognitive challenge

  • Recalling words to nursery rhymes.
  • Participating in the interactive story.