Older people will mix regularly with young children when the 36-bed residential home and early years centre opens in Methil in a little more than two years’ time.
Fife is thought to be the first local authority in Scotland, and possibly the UK, to introduce the innovative approach to education and care which has already been linked to a range of health benefits for pensioners in places like Japan and the Netherlands.
The £10.6 million development will be built on the site previously occupied by Kirkland High School and will include 25 extra care and specific needs bungalows for those who want to live independently but make use of the home’s facilities.
While the care home and nursery will have separate entrances, they will be joined through a shared space containing a cafe, an activity room and meeting and conference rooms.
It is anticipated the elderly residents and pre-school youngsters will take part in pastimes together, including singing, story-telling and physical activity.
It has been emphasised however, that members of each generation will be able to choose whether to mix with the other and no-one will be forced to take part.
The Methil care village, to replace the ageing Methilhaven Home, is the first in the second phase of Fife Council’s care home replacement programme, which also includes new facilities for Anstruther and Cupar.
Three new homes have already opened in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Lumphinnans.
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