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We had such fun celebrating National Care Home Open Day 2018

Posted by cornwallcare on April 23, 2018

On Saturday 21st April, Cornwall Care opened its doors to the public to help raise awareness of National Care Home Open Day and also to invite people in to view their homes, meet the residents and staff and have a cuppa.

We had a good turn-out at our homes – at Trewartha, our home in Carbis Bay, we had a lovely day and the sun shone all afternoon. The ladies from Oomph were present and encouraged our residents to join in – Juliette had a stall with handcrafted items for sale to boost our residents’ funds.

We had a “Coming together” tree which we dressed with crocheted squares – some made by a resident who is over ninety years young, then we made pom-poms and tied messages to them on the tree with all good wishes and hopes and dreams. One of our gentlemen (also over 90 years young), enjoyed making these and it brought back memories for him of when he used to thatch roofs and how he had to manage the materials for the job. Apparently, the Tree of Love was prompted by a Portuguese custom which was introduced to us by one of our OOMPH ladies; Maria Alves who herself is from Portugal.

The “Nook” Bar was open to celebrate the day. Both residents and visitors enjoyed a small libation and a wonderful buffet that the kitchen staff laid on. Visitors were given complimentary cup-cakes which were handmade by a family member of one of our HCAs. Both chocolate and vanilla varieties had a banner saying “Coming together” on them. This complimented a larger cup-cake which was cut for the residents and staff. Later in the proceedings we were joined by the Lindy Cats who are a local dance troupe. They performed Lindy-hop dancing to some incredible music. This sparked interest from the staff and residents and even more interest from some of the staff who wanted to join the group – an update will be posted online at a later date…

At Cedar Grange, our home in Launceston, we celebrated the day with a ‘Right Royal Tea Dance’. We had tea and homemade cakes and raised our tea-cups in honour of the Queen’s birthday. We had a visit from the Launceston Memory Café volunteers who popped in with some carers and loved ones with dementia. This was a great opportunity to forge links with the community and we look forward to welcoming them back in the near future.

Penberthy, our home in Newquay, celebrated National Care Home Open Day in style – a local dance group, Unity dance fitness performed for the residents, staff and visitors. The dancers comprised of all different ages and abilities. Everybody really enjoyed the performance, especially the residents. Apart from the wonderful dance troupe, we also enjoyed drinking Pimms and eating a delicious selection of food from the BBQ. With the sun beaming down on us, it was an ideal day. A fab day was had by all.

St Breock, our home in Wadebridge, had a great day on Saturday. The weather was beautiful. The Merry Makers came over from Padstow, they brought the children’s ’Oss with them and gave a great display. The children teased the ’Oss whilst the Merry Makers banged their drums, played accordion and sang the May Song. We also had a ‘friends together’ service delivered by the Padstow Methodist Minister, Alistair*. Everyone enjoyed refreshments which included a pasty lunch and May Day cup-cakes. We raised £77 for the residents’ amenities fund. All in all, a great day was had by all. *Alistair will be providing a dementia befriending service which will begin in May

Blackwood, our home in Camborne, celebrated with music. The residents and staff had a marvellous day. They listened to David playing the organ. They enjoyed this immensely. While David played, David’s mum June (who is one of our residents) sung along with him. What was particularly lovely was that she sung a song that she and David used to perform together years previously. It was heart-warming to hear and a joy to watch. Everybody had a wonderful time in the sunny garden and enjoyed their tea party too.

Trengrouse, our home in Helston, invited people to join them in celebrating National Care Home Open Day by listening to storyteller Nina tell some fun Cornish stories, poems and take part in a sing-a-long with her. Seeing our residents’ eyes light up was lovely. After Nina entertained us thoroughly we were ready for some more entertainment in the shape of our local Helston Town Band. They performed an hour-long set which had us playing ‘Name that Tune’ and dancing along to the music. They had us all tapping our feet in time to the music, it was great fun. Later we enjoyed a gorgeous buffet and a chat about the day. The day was organised by Sade Callaway, our activities co-ordinator and we give thanks to her. All in all a lovely day was had by everybody.

National Care Home Open Day is a fantastic initiative linking care homes with their communities. It also offers an opportunity to thank all of those who care for our loved ones.