National Care Home Open Day 2016

21 June 2016

On Friday 17 June and Saturday 18 June, nine Leonard Cheshire care homes supporting disabled people opened their doors to the public to celebrate National Care Home Open Day.

The day aimed to showcase the excellent services at the heart of communities across the UK. Here's how some of our services chose to celebrate the day.

Athol House

MP Helen Hayes with staff and residents Visitors to Athol House in London were invited to have a look around the house and relax in their new sensory garden.

People, including local MP Helen Hayes, were given the chance to speak to residents and find out more about life in the home.

‘I am pleased to support Athol House and Leonard Cheshire Disability in their important work delivering high quality care services in our community.’ — Helen Hayes

Chiltern House

MP Dominic Grieve with volunteers at Chiltern House Chiltern House in Gerrards Cross marked the occasion with its annual summer fair.

The local community were able to enjoy stalls, games, raffles and a range of food stalls serving delicious homemade treats.

There was also music from a local cadet band and morris dancing from local MP Dominic Grieve.

The day was a great success and raised £1,100 for the service.

‘Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Chiltern House is a service for the people of Gerrards Cross to be proud of!’ — Dominic Grieve


MP Karen Lumley meeting Neil Smith, Andrew Pringle, Alice Walters, Amanda Leach, Lauren Harris and Sadie Jukes at Saltways care homeAt Saltways in Redditch, visitors were able to meet staff and residents in a jewellery making class, and enjoyed entertainment by local singers.

Local MP Karen Lumley came along and got the opportunity to engage with the residents and see first hand how the service operates.

‘It was fantastic to welcome visitors and see some new faces around the service.’ — Neil Smith, service manager


MP Peter Heaton-Jones with staff and volunteers at WestmeadAs well as taking part in arts and crafts activities, such as mug painting, visitors to Westmead in North Devon were also given the opportunity to try out some of our new technology.

This included the nonverbal ‘Eyegaze’ technology, which allows people to communicate through eye movement.

They also got to try ‘Magic Carpet’, which is a map with built in sensory technology allowing the user to interact and engage with different images and videos. 

Local MP Peter Heaton-Jones was also among the visitors.

‘We want them to see how good Westmead is and the quality service we offer.’ — Sarah Hyde, service manager


The Kirkliston Home is celebrating with an Open Day and Sale plus Afternoon Tea. I have made a cake to contribute but sadly cannot go as I usually do . We will be attending a wedding on the day otherwise would have enjoyed a visit to the Home where my Grandson works as a Care assistant.

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