Oakdale Lodge, in South Shields, held the event for National Care Home Open Day, alongside many other homes operated by Executive Care.
The open-to-public event showcased the great quality of facilities and care at Oakdale Lodge and supported the good relationship between the care home and the local community.
Information was also available to families and those who were interested in the care home’s services. A showroom, which was open throughout the day, specially demonstrated the quality services the residents are receiving at Oakdale Lodge.
Care home manager, Jackie Murray, said: “Events like this are a good chance to invite local people other than social workers and residents’ families to come along and see all the amazing work we’re doing here.
“Lately more local schools, social clubs and societies are getting involved with Oakdale, and we want to do everything we can to maintain this interest and forge links with community organisations in the area.”
Care home resident John Rutherford, who used to be a bus driver, said: “The day was amazing. I particularly enjoyed the double-decker bus, because that reminded me of my years as a driver.
“It was a nice to be reminded and to see the impressive busses from back the in day, as well as enjoy the great atmosphere here at Oakdale with all of the visitors.”
Other Executive Care homes also took part in the National Care Home Open Day, including Ashwood Court Sunderland, Eagle View in Scarborough, Derwent in Newcastle, Pembroke Lodge in Newcastle, Sovereign Court and Sovereign Lodge care homes, both in Newcastle.
Social worker and singer Kevin Nestry, who performed some hits from the 50s and 60s, said: “I really enjoyed the day. It was amazing to see all the residents so happy and engaged.
“Most residents at Oakdale suffer from dementia so it’s really important to make them feel included in the local community as it benefits not only their mood but also their wellbeing.”
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