Borough Care, marked Care Home Open Day with a range of activities at all of its homes. Now in its seventh year, Care Home Open Day is a national event to encourage people to visit care homes in their community, see the work that goes on and get involved in activities. This year’s Care Home Open Day took place on Friday 28 June and celebrated the role of art in care, a theme that was widely embraced at our homes. We put on lots of different art and design related activities, to encourage families, friends and members of the community to visit us and get involved.
Two residents from Bryn Haven and two from Cawood House, both in Brinnington, had their photography on display at their homes. These residents participated in a digital photography project with students from Cheadle Hulme High School. The project, based around the theme of memories, had many benefits for the residents who took part, including helping to bring back lots of happy memories. They got to experience new things and formed close bonds with the students they worked with. Joanne Best, Activity Lifestyle Facilitator at Bryn Haven, says: “Frances Berriff and Lila Wood were selected to participate in the project as they are both really creative. They were each asked to choose three items that had special memories attached to them and these were used in the photographs. The photography they created with the students is fantastic and we are really proud of what they’ve achieved. They have helped create a lovely display of their work, for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”
Residents at Meadway Court in Bramhall have been busy designing and colouring a butterfly frieze, which was displayed at the home to coincide with Care Home Open Day. Bamford Close residents got creative along with pupils from Cale Green Primary School, who joined them for art and craft activities. Art and craft activities were also enjoyed at Lisburne Court, where residents were inspired by a local artist.
Dr Mark Ward, CEO at Borough Care, says: “Care Home Open Day is a great way for us to promote the excellent work that goes on in our homes and highlight the activities we provide. At Borough Care, we believe it’s really important to offer residents lots of stimulating activities they can get involved in and craft sessions are always popular. Being creative has many health and social benefits for our residents and with art being the theme of this year’s Open Day it was a great opportunity to showcase some of their work.”