National Care Home Open Day a great success

St Cecilia’s resident Sheila Benson enjoying a dance with students from Scarborough’s Graham School.
St Cecilia’s resident Sheila Benson enjoying a dance with students from Scarborough’s Graham School.

An open day to showcase the excellent work care homes do across the country has been hailed as a great success.

Friday’s National Care Home Open Day saw dozens of care homes throw open their doors to give a greater understanding of the care on offer to older and vulnerable adults.

And care provider Mike Padgham says the day was a resounding success.

Mr Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire), said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the work that goes on in care homes 24/7, 365 days a year.

“Across the county caring, compassionate residential homes are giving people exactly the care and support they need and in every town across Britain, thousands of older, frail and fragile adults benefit from top quality residential care.”

He said National Care Home Open Day provided an opportunity to correct a sometimes misleading media picture of standards of care.

“While we would never claim that every home is perfect – and it is only right that bad care is exposed – the truth is that up and down the country, care providers are doing a fantastic job,” he added.

“What we celebrated on this Open Day was the remarkable hard work, commitment, and care of the providers, operating in the face of often daunting financial pressures.”

Mr Padgham opened the doors of his care home, St Cecilia’s in Scarborough to welcome visitors, who included BBC television personality Harry Gration.

After his visit, Mr Gration said he had been impressed by the home and in particular with the dedication of its staff.

St Cecilia’s also welcomed a group of students from Scarborough’s Graham School as well as exercise class Oomph! and local entertainer Sing-along-Steve.

As part of their efforts to support National Care Home Open Day, Jo Bell, Care Quality Commission Regulation Manager for York and North Yorkshire also called in to St Cecilia’s along with representatives from North Yorkshire County Council.

“We were very grateful to all those who visited on Friday,” Mr Padgham added. “It all made for a very special day.”

  • St Cecilia’s offers residential care for up to 21 people along with day care services. It specialises in caring for those with dementia and confusion. It is an award-winning independent, privately-owned care home providing professional, compassionate care in a friendly and welcoming environment.



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