Once again care homes are planning to celebrate connections with their local communities. After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2016, and with over 4,300 care homes taking part, the date for 2017 is confirmed as 16th June.
As Care Home Open Day’s emphasis is on the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport, the theme for next year will be “Friendship” and as part of next year’s event, we will be celebrating Care Home Open Day in conjunction with The Big Lunch.
The Big Lunch, part of the Eden Project in Cornwall and an annual event, aims to get as many people as possible to share lunch together in an act of friendship that will encourage communities to connect and help to prevent isolation amongst those who may be living alone. It’s the perfect recipe for having fun with your neighbours, feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhood connections – so fits in nicely with the Care Home Open Day ethos!
Care homes are encouraged to celebrate friendships that have developed between residents, families, friends and staff, as well as with their neighbours, to reinforce how they should be an integral part of their local community.