May 02, 2018
A record number of care homes took part in this year’s open day, which has been running for six years and seeks to build on the relationships between care homes and their neighbours, and to set aside misconceptions of what life is really like at a care home.
This year, over 100 care homes took part in the countrywide initiative, and many homes threw fun-filled celebrations with either a Commonwealth theme or a royal twist.
Guests heading to royal-themed celebrations were welcomed with homemade crowns, which had been prepared by the residents. Meanwhile, residents and team members who celebrated the Commonwealth had decked out their homes with bunting made out of the flags of the Commonwealth countries.
Care homes across the country received incredible support from their local communities, with Tiltwood in Cobham welcoming over 80 of its neighbours and friends to take part in celebrations, which included a ‘Corgi Show’ as part of the royally-themed celebrations. Also celebrating in the company of four-legged friends were teams and residents from Chandler Court in Bromsgrove, Cairdean House in Colinton, and Priors House in Leamington Spa, who were all delighted to welcome therapy ponies along to their events. Heatherbrook in Romford and Silversprings in Thorrington also made some furry friends, as they opened their doors to some friendly pygmy goats for the day.
Local mayors and dignitaries were welcomed to mark the special occasion. Franklin House in West Drayton and Cedrus House in Stowmarket were both joined by their local mayors, to name just a few of the many special guests in attendance at events, with whom residents enjoyed spending time with and showing around their homes.
The open day also created the perfect opportunity for homes to showcase all they had to offer, and each of the homes’ chefs prepared a delicious array of cuisine for guests to enjoy. Cathkin House in East Kilbride impressed guests with a selection of delicious dishes from around the globe, including Scottish shortbread, Canadian pancakes with syrup, and Jamaican rum cake. Many homes, including Oak House in Slough, hosted afternoon tea, complete with cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream.
Homes welcomed entertainers of all variety, from Buchanan Court in Harrow, who were wowed by an impressive steel drum performance, to Mills Meadow in Framlingham, where guests enjoyed getting up on their feet along to a live country rock performance. Whitby Dean and The Burroughs in Eastcote, who held their own inter-home Commonwealth games, pulled out all the stops and finished off a fantastic couple of days celebrating with a brass band performance, closing ceremony and firework display.
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