Every year, care homes across the country open their doors to their local communities for National Care Home Open Day. It’s a fun event aimed at showcasing what goes on in the UK’s many fantastic care homes while bringing communities together.
The theme of this year’s event on Friday 28th June, was ‘Celebrating Arts in Care’. And over 100 Care UK homes, from Poole to Aberdeen, opened their doors to do just that.
Throwing down the challenge
Our teams support residents to express themselves through everything from painting to poetry writing, drama to music making. Knowing that the results would be superb, Care UK challenged all its homes to produce special artworks to be revealed as part of Care Home Open Day. Each home went much further too, challenging visitors to get creative by hosting everything from pottery classes to professional acting performances.
How we celebrated
From our southernmost home to the northernmost, read about the fun we had and watch our short video
In Dorset, the team at The Potteries took inspiration from the home’s name, with a Poole Pottery talk, exhibition and sale, and arts and crafts sessions inspired by the famous pottery. And close by at Ferndown Manor, residents and visitors enjoyed a beach-themed party, with cocktails, afternoon tea and donkey rides.
In Surrey, Appleby House unveiled the results of their ‘pillars of the community’ project, with five impressive largescale pillars put together by residents and local schoolchildren from designs supplied by the home’s friends in the community. Visitors even got to work on a sixth pillar on the day.
Everyone at Milner House in Leatherhead enjoyed a special painting workshop as well as outdoor games and a treasure hunt.
The team at Cleves Place in Haverhill, Suffolk, made the fun last all weekend, with music therapy on the Friday, arts and crafts and a flower arranging workshop on the Saturday, and a barbecue and art exhibition on the Sunday.
Visitors to Mildenhall Lodge enjoyed watching circus performers, played games and browsed stalls.
Intergenerational activities were the highlight of the day at Scarlet House care home in Stroud. Residents and children from the Coop Day Nursery created a special mosaic, which they completed and unveiled all in one day.
Music from a ukulele band kept the knitting and hand-quilting workshops moving along apace at Highmarket House in Banbury.
Meanwhile at Chandler Court in Bromsgrove residents showcased their art alongside a display from a local photographer. Visitors were treated to live music and afternoon tea.
Visitors to Lauder Lodge in Edinburgh had the opportunity to create their own jewellery in a special workshop, and the team at Cairdean House ensured there was fun for all the family, with games, face painting and a bouncy castle.
View our Care Home Open Day gallery