Truth be Told for Care Homes

We love partnering with new care homes and delivering groups in more locations. To enable us to launch a group with you, we need to partner with your local church who we will train and equip to deliver the sessions. It is important that your project is run and attended by local people so that authentic friendships can flourish and you can call upon your TBT teammates to get involved in your other activities such as summer fares or Christmas carols. The weekly sessions help to build thriving relationships between the residents and families, the care home and the church which we hope will be long-lasting.

What can we expect?

Once our partnership with you and your local church has been established and times and days have been arranged, you can expect weekly, term-time sessions to follow a similar format. There is a storytelling theme (such as Water or Transport or Safari) and a bible-based truth (such as I am Loved or I am Special or I am Welcome). Our Storytellers use a special bag covered in pockets and full of reminiscent props to bring these themes and truths to life and make the activity for the week as creative, interactive and responsive as possible.

But what about COVID-19?

We know that you’ve got an enormous responsibility to keep your residents safe. We have assessed every element of our face-to-face session to make it as Covid-secure as possible and will ensure that our Storytellers and families follow your home’s protocols. If you are unable to allow our group into your home, we can even deliver sessions via Zoom which has been highly successful. To quote one Activities Team Leader “These Zoom sessions have helped the residents to light up and participate, pointing, waving and joining in. Asking questions of the children, singing, actions and playing their part.” Here at TBT we won’t let physical restrictions stop the joy and life of being family together!

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Here’s a little more information on what to expect for each activity:

Zoom sessions

Aim? To involve residents in the joy of children singing memorable nursery rhymes, stories and to help them to participate just as a grandparent would in a family activitiy.

How? The Storyteller will send around the Zoom link to the families in the group and the care home, all of whom will log on for the session which will last for approximately 45 minutes. Using our special bag, we introduce the theme by creatively greeting everyone involved, we sing some beautifully recorded, memorable nursery rhymes and do all of the actions. We then listen to a short 5 minute story and have some bubbles before saying goodbye to our friends of all ages. We try to keep our sessions as interactive and responsive as possible and we love and encourage spontaneous contributions of everyone in the group both young and old!

Face to face sessions

Aim? To give families and residents the opportunity to participate in an activity together that is beneficial for all whilst enjoying each other’s company and appreciating everyone’s contributions.

How? (The following elements can be adapted to make them as safe as possible when the restrictions allow)

10:30 – All the families meet together at the care home, we sign in and write our name labels.

10:40 – Families are taken up to the resident’s lounge, entering with a song and lots of smiles.

10:45 – The Storyteller introduces the theme and we say ‘hello’ to everyone using reminiscence and imagination

10:50 – Children pick props out of the special TBT bag and they share an item with a resident. The prop corresponds to a nursery rhyme and we sing it together.

11:00 – Story time is responsive and involving, everyone is included and encouraged by the tale of the day.

11:05 – We dance to something vintage and encourage everyone who can move in any way to join in.

11:10 – There’s time for a few more pockets, props and songs.

11:20 – We blow bubbles, encourage everyone to wave a parachute and listen to a calming song.

11:25 – We share stickers with everyone

11:30 – The care home provide a light lunch for the children, things like hummus, breadsticks, vegetable sticks, fruit and little sandwiches. And parents, residents and carers have a cup of tea and chat with each other.

12:00 – Parents leave at the right time for residents and children.

12:05 – The Storyteller makes sure that the room is in order and checks in with the carers to make sure that they’re happy with everything.

Is there a cost?

With TBT, everyone contributes to and benefits from the success of the group making it really reasonable and worthwhile for all. Families pay to join, churches pay for resources and care homes pay to host although there may be opportunities to find funding to cover some costs. Please do get in touch so that we can explore this with you depending on your individual situation.

residents’ benefits

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

Workforce Benefits

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.

What people are saying 

“I have held hundreds of babies over the years, but this is the first time I have cuddled a sleeping infant in a very long time. I’m happy as I could possibly be.”

Beryl

Resident at a care home