1) Families of residents have had increased confidence in the care being provided. They found it encouraging to see their loved ones engaged in an intergenerational community. They have been enabled to blossom, reconnecting with their own skills, history and interests, even developing new interests and abilities.
2) Residents experienced increased healthcare-related quality of life. Intentional, intergenerational community utilizes social connection as a way to improve quality of life, health, and sustainability. Higher levels of social support and connection are associated with better health throughout the lifespan. For optimal well-being, people need to help as much as they need to be helped.
3) The Therapeutic Interactive Intergenerational Neighborhood (TIIN) at Hope & A Future is distinct from other programs. It adds unique value to residents and the broader community. Bringing people together from different ages and backgrounds creates a unique mix of talents and resources also known as social capital, where everyone has something to offer. The TIIN helps to promote intergenerational social connections through its built environment and programming. Shared grounds, gardens, and spaces, combined with community meals and neighborhood activities, create a wealth of opportunity for strong bonds to form.
Despite significant dementia, during her two years with us, Nadine became more oriented to her room and routine activities and was comforted by interactions with familiar and consistent staff, and by the presence of Charlie, the dog. Jan found that she could easily communicate about any questions or concerns, and that she wasn’t worried about her mother’s care anymore. She also was glad to see her mother living in an active community surrounded by other people who encouraged her involvement in accessible social opportunities.
Sandra and Kathy shared that they love coming back to Hope & A Future, even since their mother has passed away: “I can’t say enough about Rick and Karin and the staff. Just an amazing place. It’s not a facility, it’s a home.”
Betty and Brad
Becky says that since the move, her Mom is more at peace and less fearful. Being reunited with her son in a supportive environment has given her a renewed sense of purpose. Betty told her daughter that she has never been cared for so lovingly and that since making some difficult transitions in medications, she feels better and is better able to focus.
Brad has also enjoyed his new community, living once again in the same residence as his mother, and participating in a regular schedule of activities. He quickly formed meaningful bonds with regular volunteers and staff. Becky also noted that Hope & A Future staff have a penchant for being able to see people’s gifts and to know how to get them to use those gifts in a way that improves their quality of life and contributes to the mutual support and encouragement that can happen in a close-knit community.