The open day was held on 21st April and helped link communities and care homes, showing that care homes are friendly, happy and exciting places to be.
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.
To celebrate the day, Cornwall Care held a number of events in care homes in the area including at:
- Trewartha in Carbis Bay – Oomph!, an organisation that helps transform the quality of life of older people, were in attendance and worked with residents, who dressed a ‘coming together’ tree with crocheted squares, pom-poms and tied messages, filled with good wishes and hopes for the future. The Nook Bar at the home was open to visitors and residents who enjoyed a buffet laid on by kitchen staff, and visitors were presented with homemade cupcakes. Entertainment was put on by local dance troupe, the Lindy Cats, who performed the lindy-hop.
- Cedar Grange in Launceston – the open day was celebrated with tea and homemade cakes in honour of the Queen’s birthday. Cedar Grange also welcomed the Launceston Memory Café volunteers, carers and their loved ones with dementia, which was a great opportunity to forge links in the community.
- Penberthy in Newquay – Unity Dance Fitness, a local dance group, performed for residents, staff and visitors, who also enjoyed a barbecue and a glass of Pimms in the sun.
- St Breock in Wadebridge – cupcakes, a pasty lunch and Padstow-based group the Merrymakers was the making of a great celebration enjoyed by attendees. Methodist Minister Alistair Sharp also held a friends together service for all to enjoy.
- Blackwood in Camborne – music was the order of the day with resident June singing, accompanied by her son, David, on the organ. Guests also enjoyed a tea party in the home’s garden.
- Trengrouse in Helston – storyteller Nina told Cornish stories, poems and led a sing-a-long, while Helston Town Band performed an hour-long set. Guests and residents also enjoyed a buffet put on by staff.
Head of Marketing, Alex Davies, from Cornwall Care said: “It was lovely to see our care homes really get into the spirit of things during National Care Home Open Day and great to have so many visit our residents in homes across Cornwall. It is really important for communities to see and meet the fantastic people who live and work in their local care home and the open day provided a fantastic opportunity to do just that.”