The below is nothing we haven't actually already considered - co-locating services in an intergenerational setting, which has such potential to help solve two social problems at the same time.
In our recent work supporting a number of Children's Centres across Oxfordshire we have been keen to see business plans that work to 'join up' services, especially where facilities could meet the needs of all in their community rather than be purposed exclusively for one specific segment e.g. children or the elderly.
A pity then that it is Wimbledon and not Oxford leading the way on this...
For the first time in Britain, a nursery and a home for the elderly are to be located on the same site, in a move intended to tackle the “age apartheid” that increasingly keeps generations apart. The idea is popular overseas.Nightingale House, a residential, nursing and dementia care home for elderly Jewish men and women in Clapham, southwest London, will open its doors to 30 children a day in September.The nursery will be a second site for the existing Apples and Honey nursery in Wimbledon.Across a week, there will be about 100 children aged between two and five and the old and the young will take part in activities including singing, cooking, gardening and story-telling.