National Care Home Open Day
CHOD has helped to:
Improve links with the local community
By opening doors to the local community care homes were able to show all the positive things happening at care homes day-in and day-out. MPs and other local dignitaries, GPs, schools and churches, and the local press, artists and volunteers, relatives and friends.
Challenge misconceptions associated with care homes
We know that the best care homes are open and transparent places – the open day lets people from the community judge for themselves.
Enrich the lives of people living in care homes
Those living in care homes deserve to be involved in special events, and feel included with things that are happening outside of their care home.
Recognise the work of carers
The best care requires dedication and commitment – day-in and day-out! Care Home Open Day is an opportunity for visitors to see the important impact which carers have on a daily basis.
Accentuate the positives
Care Home Open Day demonstrates the creativity and imagination present in care settings. Being part of a national/international event boosts morale and creates a sense of togetherness. The atmosphere on the day was full of excitement with something to get people talking for days to come.
People living in care homes get real enjoyment from visits from those in the local community. Visitors are able to see what a difference they could make by offering a small amount of their time, and get a feel for working in the sector.
21 April 2018
Care Home Open Day will be Saturday 21st April 2018 and will coincide with the Queen’s Birthday and International Care Home Open Day! The theme will be ‘Linking Communities’. More information about next year’s event will be announced shortly, so watch this space…
16 June 2017
2017's celebration had the theme of Friendship across local communities. Share your activities with us. Find out more
Care Home Open Day: 17 June 2016
2016's theme was 'Celebration'.
Members linked their events to the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations, the Olympic Games in Rio, celebrated the lives of their residents, the European Football Championship plus lots more! Residents, their families, friends and staff were all involved in deciding what celebrations would take place on the day.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of NCF visited Quantum Care's Trefoil House along with residents, relatives, friends and new visitors to the home as they opened their doors to the general public. Live music, BBQ, Pimms and Ice-creams were served by the team dressed as life-guards.Pictured L to R: Quantum Care Home Manager Angela Lartley, Vick Rayner (NCF) and Quantum Care Activity Worker Annette Caminade.
April Ross, our Membership Coordinator visited outstanding rated Attleborough Grange, WCS Care
. The celebration was a ‘wedding’ between two staff members, the bride was given away by resident Fred and the resident’s celebrated afterwards with dancing and songs performed by local singer Kathy.
Photos show celebrations at:
Greensleeves Care, Accord Group, Orders of St John Care Trust
Care Home Open Day: 19 June 2015
Themes were The Arts & Valuing Staff - find out more!
For far too long the care home sector has been marred by the negative press and we’re determined to show people what our care homes are really about ...to build thousands of friendships, to change long-held perceptions, to create thousands of memories, and to have a fantastic day that will enrich lives!
Photos from NCF members - Care Home Open Day 2015
2014 - Open Day goes global!
National Open Home days are now be promoted and held on the same date in the UK, Australia, South Africa, Malta and in many other countries! NCHOD South Africa promo
More care homes than ever participated in the NCHOD on 20 June 2014
In June 2014, thousands of UK care homes were joined with hundreds from countries such as Australia, South Africa and Malta in opening their doors to welcome the public, connect residents with their local communities, and change perceptions of care homes for good. We know that there were some 5000 tweets recorded and over 60 clips and photos of the Mexican Wave have been put up on YouTube. What a great day and a brilliant outcome!
Gloria Hunniford, Care Home Open Day Ambassador, said:
“The Care Home Open Day is a great opportunity for people to see for themselves the quality of the care services in their neighbourhoods. Care homes and their residents are an important but sometimes overlooked part of our society. The Open Day helps strengthen the relationships between care home residents, staff and their next door neighbours. It even encourages people to think about volunteering to do something during the rest of the year to support and befriend residents in local care homes.
find images of activities that took place all over the UK on the NCHOD website.
We want the world to realise that care homes really can be inspiring places, full of unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by special people that really do care.