Care homes across Southern Derbyshire are opening their doors to the public in a campaign which is being backed by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The CCG is backing National Care Homes Open Day, 20 June, which aims to change perceptions of residential care by connecting residents with their local communities and reminding people that care homes are filled with unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by special people who really care.
The idea behind the day is to encourage local people to visit care homes in their neighbourhood and work together to develop better relationships between the home and the community. Sixteen care homes in Southern Derbyshire have already registered to be part of this event.
The Laurels Nursing Home, Spondon is beginning the day with a visit by the local secondary school brass band and the Mayor is joining them for a buffet lunch. After lunch the local nursery school are coming to sing to the residents. Local MP, Pauline Latham, is also visiting and will release 50 balloons. The staff and residents are looking forward to a special day and hope that the local community will join them.
Bluebell Park Nursing Home in Chellaston has links with Chellaston Juniors, Homefields Primary and Chellaston Senior Schools. Merrill College visit the home to 'try out' their forthcoming productions on our staff and residents. The home uses local volunteers from Stephenson College and offers placements and work experience to the young people of the area. For the open day they will be holding “A day at the seaside” with a sing-along, with ice cream and fish and chips!
Milford House, Milford is hosting an open day and inviting all those attending Duffield Carnival to come and see “how we live and work”. They are also taking part in the national Mexican Wave.
Spencer Grove, Belper is holding an afternoon high tea, with a pop up shop from M&Co, entertainment, refreshments and a raffle.
Meadows Care Home, Alfreton is having a “Strawberry Fayre” afternoon with karaoke, strawberry scones and a raffle.
Nether Hall, Swadlincote, will welcome The Breakaway Singers and Lion Learners, a company who brings in small animals such as hamsters and Rabbits. A representative from the Care Quality Commission, Leslie Alison White, will also be attending. The home will also showcase the gardens and residents greenhouse that volunteer gardeners have provided for them.
Osmaston Grange, Belper, is holding an annual open day. They will have stalls and raffles, and in the evening they have the local touring company who put up a big screen and come with sweets and popcorn, show an old film and make it like a cinema atmosphere.
Kidsley Grange Care Home at Smalley will be celebrating with children from the local school singing to residents at 2pm. This will be followed by refreshments and homemade cakes. There will be a warm welcome for anybody wishing to join them.
Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:
“This special open day offers an ideal opportunity for members of the public to find out more about their local care home, to meet the dedicated staff and see for themselves what good care looks like.
"It’s a great way to showcase the excellent services on offer and the fantastic work that goes on in our care homes. Some people still have misconceptions about care homes so we are keen to dispel any myths that are out there and for people to see for themselves the wide range of services that are being provided.
“The care home sector has been marred by negative press associated with a small number of poorly run homes, however the vast majority of homes are high-quality, run to a high standard and can be inspiring places filled with unique and fascinating people.
“Residents living in care homes get real enjoyment from visitors, so people are not only encouraged to take part in the day but also to consider becoming a volunteer in their local care home.”
Visit www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk/care-home to find the nearest participating care home. It’s free to attend, there’s no need to register and everyone is invited.