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Care Home Open Day 2018

This year’s Care Home Open Day was held on 21st April 2018 and is all about Linking Communities. It was a chance to celebrate all the different people, cultures and relationships in your area and show your community that care homes are friendly, happy and exciting places to be.

It’s a great way to get to know local organisations, schools and groups in your community and establish meaningful friendships along the way

Care homes are encouraged to celebrate friendships that have developed between residents, families, friends and staff, as well as with their neighbours, to reinforce how they should be an integral part of their local community.
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Homes laid on coffee mornings, afternoon teas and most took the opportunity with the warm and sunny weather to use the gardens outside our settings to welcome families and friends from the local communities.

Two of Guild Care’s care homes in Worthing, Caer Gwent and Linfield House, hosted a range of fun activities for its residents on this day and the general public of all ages are invited to pop in.

Parkview care home in Bexleyheath, took part in the national event and invited guests to join in with the fun. The day started with staff and residents popping along to the local Greggs bakery who kindly donated 100 assorted doughnuts for the open day. Meanwhile back at the home preparations for the open day were in full swing with the arrival of the local Cub Scout club who had offered to help set up the garden furniture and garden games and activities. 

FotE's involvement in the campaign is part of its ongoing commitment to placing its care homes at the heart of their local communities.

With varied programme of events on the day, there was something for everyone at each of the 22 Greensleeves Care homes.  Broadlands residential home in Oulton Broad, prepared an extra special surprise for its residents and the local community when they invited the Mighty Zulu Warriors to perform a series of dances in the grounds of the home overlooking the Norfolk Broads. 

Residents and staff from homes across the organisation met with visitors, who got the opportunity to spend time with residents as well as seeing a glimpse into care homes within their community.

Borough Care’s Bruce Lodge held a carnival inspired event, while Shepley House hosted a community friendship party.  The party spirit continued at Cawood House, which celebrated the best of British rock and roll with music and dancing throughout the day.  

Guests were granted rare access to part of the MTI, with a series of guided tours being offered on the day from  Director of Health and Wellbeing, Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE, as well as a special opportunity to trial some of the dementia-friendly equipment in use by residents. Other activities on offer included swing dancing and pottery workshops, as well as outdoor games and live music. 

On Saturday, jazz singer Kerri Layton entertained visitors while they had a guided tour of the service and in the afternoon residents, employees and visitors took part in a Royal tea party to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

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