Friday 21st June, Midsummer’s Day, will see the UK’s care homes take centre stage, uniting to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities. National Care Home Open Day will be the first time that care homes across the country collectively open their doors to the public, and in doing so we hope to connect care homes with their local communities, challenge misconceptions about residential care and show local people the range of care services at the heart of their community.
The National Care Home Open Day is part of a wider move to make the sector more transparent and accessible and is an opportunity for the public to make informed decisions about care services in their community. Care homes have been subject to negative publicity in recent times due to a small number of badly run homes. Those of us in the sector know that the identified cases of poor care and the myths that exist around residential care couldn’t be further from reality for most services. The majority of care homes deliver exceptional care and support to our elderly population, and are centres of innovation and warmth.
National Care Home Open Day offers the opportunity for care homes to open their doors to all those who want to engage with them and learn more about what they do. By showcasing the work care homes do and the opportunities they can offer in their local communities, the open day is an ideal chance to strengthen existing links and form new ones.
Baroness Joan Bakewell, former journalist and BBC broadcaster, is the ambassador and public face of the National Care Home Open Day. She has said, “The National Care Home Open Day is an important event that I encourage everybody to participate in. It is a great opportunity for people to see the range of care services at the heart of their communities”.
2500 homes are already participating across the UK, including approximately 200 homes in Scotland. Care homes have been encouraged to be as creative as possible in planning their events for the day and have really risen to the challenge. Events taking place in Scottish care homes include a post war vintage tea afternoon, performances by local primary school children, car washes, pampering sessions, karaoke competitions and even visits from dancing dogs!
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. The National Care Home Open Day is about creating an opportunity for you to enrich the lives of some amazing people that are already part of your community.
We’d love it if you could pay a visit to your local care home on June 21st. Find out which homes are participating in your local area by visiting www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk. You can also like the Open Day on Facebook and follow the day on Twitter.