A 1940s themed street party was the order of the day at The Willows care home when it welcomed the people of Middlesbrough through its doors last week as the home took part in National Care Home Open Day.
Run by leading health and social care provider Care UK, The Willows care home pledged its support for the annual initiative, which aims to dispel myths around the care environment, changing perceptions of care homes and connecting residents with their communities.
Visitors to The Willows also enjoyed photographs and memorabilia from the 1940s and a variety of food and refreshments as well as taking part in tours of the home. The Willows team was also on hand to answer any questions.
Helen Nutton, home manager at The Willows, said: “National Care Home Open Day provided a fantastic opportunity for the team at The Willows to invite local people to take a closer look at the care home. It was a pleasure to meet and greet all of our visitors and everyone enjoyed the activities.
“We hope that by opening our doors we have challenged any preconceived ideas about care homes and we have demonstrated how the modern care environment is warm and inviting, and plays an important role in the community.”
Those who visited The Willows picked up complimentary copies of Care UK’s first-person guides - ‘As Easy As ABC’ guide and the recently launched ‘Listen, Talk, Connect’. The guides provide practical information and tips to those caring for loved ones living with dementia, as well as advice on how to communicate with a loved one in a care home and make the most of their visits.
The Willows is a purpose built care home designed to deliver the very best standards of care, and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home offers a range of services including residential and nursing care, specialist dementia care and respite care.
For further information, please contact home manager Helen Nutton at The Willows, by emailing Helen.Nutton@careuk.com or telephone 01642 828146.
To view a gallery of images from National Care Home Open Day, please go to www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk