Care Home Open Day 2019 – make it a date
Care Home Open Day 2019 is just around the corner. On Friday 28thJune care homes up and down the country will be throwing open their doors, welcoming members of the local community. It’s hard to believe, but this year will be the seventh time this fun and worthwhile event is taking place.
Drop in and say hello
Have you ever wondered what life is like in a care home? Then this is your chance to take a look. Maybe you’re considering a career change? Care work can be very rewarding and there are lots of opportunities in a variety of roles. Or maybe volunteering would suit you better? It’s the perfect time to take a peep inside and see what you think.
Perhaps you are looking to the future and want to see if care home life would suit you? Or you want to look for a friend or relative. Maybe you pass the care home every day on your way to work or school and you’re just curious. Whatever your motivation for visiting your local care home on Friday 28thJune, there’s every reason to make the effort to drop in – you will be made very welcome.
The first Care Home Open day was held in 2012 and was such a success, it was decided it had to be an annual fixture. All too often care homes are considered shut off environments that exist in the community, but don’t really interact with it – and this is one of the reasons the day was introduced. It’s so beneficial for residents to meet people from the local community. Care Homes should be viewed as a valuable resource, a hub where residents of care homes and those in the wider community can interact.
This year’s theme
This year’s chosen theme is Celebrating Arts in Care. The aim is to demonstrate how care homes are creative communities. Whether that’s from art classes, knitting or patchwork, flower arranging, gardening, creative writing, music making, dance or theatre, there’s really no limit to where the arts can feature in care homes. It is well documented creative pursuits boost physical and mental wellbeing. Having a sense of purpose, encouraging team work and bonding, sharing creative pastimes are important in enriching a person’s quality of life. Back in 2011 a report by the Baring Foundation stated:
“art in care homes is an integral part of the benchmark for excellence in a care setting.”
Registered managers chasing that elusive Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, take heed. If you need any inspiration on art and creative activities that work well, the Baring Foundation website is a tremendous resource of fresh and informed ideas.
Why it makes business sense
As business support specialists in the social care sector, as well as recognising the clear benefits apparent to residents this type of event delivers, we see the positives to the care home in a wider sense. Initiatives that focus on connecting residents in the community are welcomed by the CQC and viewed as important elements of care that is effective, well led and responsive. The ripple-effect of CQC ratings spread a long way in care and can positively (and negatively) influence your business. Equally, care homes seeking to attract local authority funding, would enhance their social value profile with events like this – an increasingly important element on which organisation’s bids are scored.
Check here to find a care home near you that’s taking part (at the last count there were 225 signed up). Who knows where it might lead?