One of the UK’s largest not-for-profit care home providers hosted a special series of events last week to help better connect residents with their local communities.
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), which runs 69 care homes across Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire invited people to visit all of their homes on 20th June to start building lasting links with residents and staff, while also learning a bit more about the Trust.
The events, which took place as part of National Care Homes Open Day, aimed to connect care homes and their residents with local communities by offering an open day for anyone to visit as a way of gaining a better understanding of all that’s offered in terms of care provision and facilities, including the chance to meet new people and change lives by volunteering.
As part of the day, the Trust’s care homes organised activities and events for residents and visitors, including games, coffee mornings, afternoon teas and live entertainment.
Dan Hayes, Operations Director of OSJCT, said: “Creating strong links within the community is very important to us, and we’re always looking for new opportunities to get our residents involved in the local area – so we’re delighted to once again have supported National Care Home Open Day.
“Across the Trust, we believe that it’s exceptionally important to provide chances for people within the community to visit our homes, spend time with residents and develop a better understanding of what care home life is truly like.
“Countrywide awareness initiatives, like National Care Home Open Day, play a key role in building these relationships by providing valuable opportunities to spread the word about our homes and all we do.
“By running events in each of our homes throughout the county, not just on National Care Home Open Day, but throughout the year, we hope to change perceptions of care homes across the board while enhancing the lives of our residents by providing regular occasions to get to know their neighbours.”
For more information about OSJCT, visit www.osjct.co.uk.