Cornwall Care has been celebrating again, this time taking part in the national Care Home Open Day, an annual event that celebrates connection, togetherness and community. It is a UK wide initiative that the charity participates in every year.
The theme on Friday 16th of June this year was ‘Friendship’, raising awareness of the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport. Care homes across the country were encouraged to celebrate friendships that have developed between residents, relatives, staff members and people within their local area.
At St Breock, Cornwall Care’s residential home in Wadebridge, residents and relatives enjoyed various activities including starting pen pals, taking part in reminiscence about friendship and getting involved in a fun beer tasting session.
Over at Penberthy, Cornwall Care’s residential home in Newquay, residents and staff enjoyed a singing performance by Amanda of Mandzone. They had a lovely afternoon dancing, tucking into some cakes and pasties, as well as drinking some Pimms and beer in celebration of the day.
“We had a fantastic lady singing for us,” said Sam Collins, Manager at Penberthy. “Amanda had our residents up, dancing and having a ball. David, one of our residents, even got on the microphone and gave Amanda a run for her money!”
Residents and relatives at The Green, Cornwall Care’s residential home in Redruth, also celebrated the day, enjoying some tasty cream teas in their lovely garden.
At Mountford, Cornwall Care’s nursing home in Truro, residents and relatives enjoyed a Fish & Chips lunch, followed by live entertainment by John Inder, who sang some Frank Sinatra songs and songs from the era. Everyone had a wonderful time and really enjoyed listening to John’s tunes.
In Carbis Bay, Cornwall Care’s two homes, Headlands their residential home and Trewartha their nursing home both had wonderful days enjoying the summer weather. Residents and family at Headlands enjoyed a big lunch celebrating friendship, while at Trewartha they had pasties and cream teas in the garden, with friendship bracelets for attendees. One little visitor to Trewartha had such a lovely time that said she would like to work there when she grows up.
There were also cream teas at St Martin’s, Cornwall Care’s nursing home in Camborne, as well as a fun singalong for residents and relatives to enjoy.
At Trengrouse in Helston, they held a friendship themed tea party and enjoyed some tasty treats with their residents and relatives. All residents, relatives and staff across Cornwall Care’s homes enjoyed the glorious weather, with clear blue skies and sunny, warm temperatures. Cornwall Care have 16 homes in total across the county.
Nurturing friendships and relationships within their local communities is important to the staff at Cornwall Care, who regularly put on activities and events for residents, relatives and friends to enjoy. They welcome visitors at all times throughout the year, but particularly enjoy inviting people in to spend time with them over the summer, when they can experience their beautiful gardens in the lovely summer weather.