Community spirit was celebrated as care homes up and down the country opened their doors to the public over the weekend.
Residents, families, friends, dignitaries and community groups, businesses and service providers came together to take part in a host of fun events and activities.
At Parkview care home in Bexleyheath, Kent, which is operated by Avante Care & Support, staff and residents from the local Greggs bakery kindly donated 100 assorted doughnuts.
The local Scout Club helped out with setting up garden furniture and activities and games, including designing a poster to mark the Queen’s birthday.
Police Cadets, Community Police Officers and Italian entertainer, Salvatore, also joined the fun.
Pat Collis, Home Manager, said: “This is a great way to show the excellent services on offer and the fantastic work that goes on at Parkview care home.
“Some people still have misconceptions about care homes so we are keen to dispel any myths and for people to come and have a look around, meet the staff and our residents.”
In Nottingham, Fairview care home, operated by Ideal Carehomes, Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark and the Sheriff of Nottingham, Glyn Jenkins, joined in fun activities, including flower arranging, arts and crafts, card games, quizzes and jigsaws.
The Sheriff said: “Fairway View was more alive than any other care home I have visited, and the residents reflected that – it’s wonderful to see the residents are all so happy and that’s something you can’t fake.”
Activities at Hartford Care’s 14 homes included cooking demonstrations, live music performances, afternoon tea, horse & carriage rides, a fashion show, a nostalgia room and animal visitors from Zoolab.
The homes were proud to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the RAF and also toasted the birthday of the Queen (who made a ‘special’ guest appearance at some of the homes).
Over £300 was raised for our chosen charity – The Care Workers Charity, who provides rainy day funds for everyday heroes in the care sector.