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.
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.’
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!’
At 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.’
As 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.’