Jun 19

Open your doors this Care Home Open Day

Posted: 25 June 2019

For this year’s Care Home Open Day on Friday 28 June 2019, Louise Turner, Registered Manager at The Old Vicarage shares what they have in store, as they get ready to celebrate this year’s theme of ‘the role of arts in care’.

The Old Vicarage in Sherbourne in Dorset is a happy, friendly place and we have great fun – we’ve just recently had a challenging general knowledge quiz, we’ve got bingo lined up for this afternoon and then exercises with Craig from Communifit after that.

We’re lucky to have beautiful gardens which are much enjoyed by the residents, so we have taken “The View from our Window” as inspiration for this year’s Care Home Open Day. We wanted to do something that would involve as many residents as possible, that would be a shared experience and provide feelings of accomplishment.

With help from a wonderful local artist we’re producing a floral mural using stencils on fabric. We’ve had some practice and the results were lovely and everyone who tried it enjoyed it. It’s easy to do and the results are beautiful. We‘re also in the process of making a 3D model of a section of the garden in miniature and residents will be adding birds, flowers and insects to it.

We hope that having the art project will provide a bond between the residents that take part and that they will be proud to show our exhibits to the visitors. We also hope that the visitors will enjoy the experience and perhaps be surprised by what we’ve done.

The three core values for Care Home Open Day – friendship, making connections and celebrating older and vulnerable people - all resonate with us. Not just on the day, but throughout the year. Seeing friendships being forged over shared activities is the most rewarding part of my job. We have strong connections with many people who work with us to offer a wide variety of activities to suit all tastes. Celebrating older and vulnerable people is in everything we do, and it’s a privilege to work here.

We’re hoping that many local people will attend on the day, as well as friends and families of residents. We recently celebrated 35 years as a care home with a party and there was standing room only! We’ve built strong connections with the community over the years and the feelings and atmosphere at the party clearly illustrated the importance of this. Many local people work here and the community wholeheartedly support the events we hold.

Alongside the art activities we’ve planned, we’ll be open for afternoon tea and visitors will be encouraged to walk in the beautiful grounds - weather permitting - and enjoy the roses and the far-reaching views. We’ll be offering a warm welcome, homemade cake and, hopefully, some interesting art to see.

I think it’s important that social care is better recognised, and I feel that Care Home Open Day helps by bringing awareness to visitors and showing what can be achieved and how wonderful the sector is.

 Find out more

  • Go to www.carehomeopenday.org.uk to find out about this annual event and how you can engage your local community.
  • Louise Turner at The Old Vicarage is a registered manager member of Skills for Care. Find out more about the benefits of membership here.