Care homes to mark national initiative

Care UK celebrates Care Home Open.
Care UK celebrates Care Home Open.
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Two care homes are opening their doors to the community for a national initiative.

As part of national Care Home Open Day, Care UK and Craig Healthcare will be among those taking part.

Care UK’s Collingwood Court care home, in Front Street, Chirton, North Shields, is hosting a Rio Olympics themed event on Thursday.

The free family-friendly event will take place between 2pm and 4pm. There will be games, tombola, cakes and refreshments, with visitors able to look around the facilities.

Craig Healthcare will be open its doors to West Farm Care Centre, in Longbenton, which is a specialist unit for dementia, on Friday.

Staff will be on hand to show visitors around the facilities and answer any questions.

For more on Care Home Open Day, visit www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk

Maggie Harrison, home manager at Collingwood Court said: “Care Home Open Day is about connecting people and enriching the lives of residents through building lasting relationships with the local community across the generations.

“Opening our doors is also a great opportunity to show what life is really like in a modern care home; and we hope to change any preconceptions people might have while also showing everything Collingwood Court has to offer.

“We have got a fun day of activities planned and are really looking forward to getting behind Care Home Open Day.”

Lucy Craig, managing director of Craig Healthcare, said: “Our homes are quite different to normal perceptions of care home environments.

“West Farm has a specialist unit for dementia care and across both homes the wide range of activities that residents can and do take part in is extremely vital to their daily and ongoing care.

“Most people won’t be aware of just how many great activities both our homes provide to residents and how much enjoyment they get out of them, both mentally and physically.

“Activities range from visiting places of interest, trips to the local coffee shop or pub, tea dances with the Alzheimer’s Society, clubs at the local church, film shows, arts and crafts, keep fit classes, bingo, dominoes and frequent singing and dancing sessions.”