A Hereford care home, Charles Court, celebrated the centenary of the life and work of renowned local artist Brian Hatton who died in WWI aged 28 as part of its celebrations on National Care Home Open Day.
The theme was also chosen to celebrate a recent medal honour for one of the home’s residents, Jeanne, who received her Land Army Medal for her services during World War II.
Jeanne (pictured with her medal) met and married a USA GI Tony Picciano, who landed at Omaha Beach and later helped to liberate Nazi concentration camps. After he went to New York, his wife followed aboard HMS Washington. Since the couple remained in America until Mr Picciano’s death, Jeanne missed out on her medal, which was applied for on her behalf by Herefordshire Lore Munitions Group.
Charles Court, in The Ploughmans, Hereford, specialises in dementia care, and nursing care. It is managed by Amore Care, part of the world-famous Priory Group, the UK healthcare specialists.
National Care Home Open Day is a UK-wide initiative where care homes celebrate by opening their doors to the local community.
Staff at Charles Court went the extra mile to provide a day to remember for residents and participants – and the general consensus was that it was a great success.
A full day’s activities started with creating artwork inspired by renowned local artist Brian Hatton. There was an indoor picnic, and the day finished with a cream tea with home-made scones.
“We had such a party… it was like Glastonbury for the elderly,” said one relative having enjoyed the singing and dancing to music by entertainer Eddie Graham. Thousands of care homes across the UK take part each year in the open day event, welcoming the public and arranging events and activities that help to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities.
Home Manager Bernice Cooper (pictured with dancing residents) said: “The thunderstorms across Herefordshire meant we were unable to have our planned outdoor barbeque but this did not dampen our mood. We carried on with the day as planned enjoying an indoor picnic with lots of singing and dancing. We all worked together to create a memorable day for everyone involved”