STAFF at a retirement village near Darlington came up with an inventive way of using pedal power to create healthy drinks for residents and visitors – a bicycle smoothie maker.
The smoothie making machine was just one of the highlights as Middleton Hall Retirement Village threw open its doors to celebrate National Care Home Day.
The bike smoothie maker has already whizzed up several smoothies for staff and residents as part of its health and wellbeing programme led by the award-winning retirement village’s Living Well team.
Living Well manager, Audra Hunt, said: “The smoothie bike has caused quite a stir, literally, and has been great fun in helping us promote our new range of healthy smoothies.
“Some of the staff have already had a go at pedalling away to make a few smoothies and even a couple of residents hopped on board.”
With the retirement village choosing a strawberry theme for the event, all the smoothies were strawberry flavoured. Other activities for people to try included:
- Painting workshops
- Cupcake decorating
- A Bowling workshop
- Ping Pong challenge
National Care Home Day was set up to tackle the gulf between the reality and perceptions of care homes, with more than 3,000 care homes welcoming their local communities to show the range of care services they offer.
Staff and residents at Middleton Hall were also joined by thousands of others as they took part in the world’s largest virtual Mexican wave as part of the event.
TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, an ambassador for National Care Home Open Day, said:
“With only a quarter of people visiting a care home in the last year, the perceptions that most people have of care homes are not based on personal experiences, but instead on old stereotypes and on media coverage when things go wrong. Such misperceptions are damaging to the care sector and do a dis-service to the large number of devoted carers working in the residential care sector.
“To challenge these misperceptions we need to encourage the public to engage more with their local care home. The intention of National Care Home Open Day is to strengthen the relationships between care home residents, staff and their neighbours.”
At Middleton Hall, visitors could enjoy tours of the grounds and facilities, a cream tea, guided walks and musical entertainment. There was also be a raffle in aid of the retirement village’s chosen charity for the year, The Alzheimer’s Society.
To learn more about the day, please visit The National Care Home Open Day website: http://www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk/