08/16/2013 08:51 EDT | Updated 10/16/2013 05:12 EDT

Saint John nursing home plans to add daycare

The Loch Lomond Villa nursing home in Saint John plans to add a new daycare centre to its operations.

Officials hope the the centre, to be located in the Villa's newest building, called the Village, will offer special benefits for both seniors and the children.

"When children are around, [the seniors] just glow," said director of operations Shelley Shillington. "So why not? Why not have a daycare as part of the village facility?"

100 volunteers lined up

The nursing home has already taken out ads for a licensed operator.

The winning bid will offer programs that allow interaction between the children, aged two and up, and the seniors, said Shillington.

"The opportunity to have a space designated for daycare, children. And then intergenerational — bring them together with our seniors and the residents of the village on a day-to-day, very normal day-to-day, part of life," she said.

There should be no problem finding children — the villa has a staff of over 300.

The new building, which is bright and airy with three central courtyards, a movie theatre, a waterfall and a fish pond, already has a space set aside.

And there are 100, mostly elderly volunteers waiting to help out.