WCS Care opens its doors for national care home celebration
Residents living with WCS Care across Warwickshire are opening their doors as part of a national celebration welcoming local communities into care homes.
It’s Care Home Open Day on Saturday 21st April 2018 and all 12 of the Kenilworth-based charity’s homes for older people, people with dementia, and people with physical disabilities or long-term conditions are joining in the event - now in its sixth year - with the theme of linking communities.
Care Home Open Day is an opportunity to celebrate all the different people, cultures, and relationships in the homes, as well as a chance to show people what care homes are really like, while getting to know local organisations and establishing meaningful friendships along the way.
This year, Care Home Open Day is aligned with International Care Home Open Day, as well as falling on the same day as the Queen’s 92nd birthday.
WCS Care homes in Bedworth, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, and Stratford-upon-Avon are taking part in the celebrations, offering a day of fun and laughter for friends, families, and neighbours.
From arts and crafts stalls to face painting, entertainment, and party food, there will be something for everyone – and entry is free.
In Bedworth, an English tea party-themed event’s being held at Fairfield on Butler Crescent (Exhall), along with a Queen look-a-like competition, stalls, and entertainment from 10.30am to 4pm.
Over in Kenilworth, a silent auction is just one of the activities on offer for visitors to Castle Brook on Common Lane from 1pm to 5pm, and people living at Newlands on Whites Row are inviting the local community for a royal-themed afternoon tea from 2pm to 5pm.
Meanwhile in Leamington Spa, residents are holding a 70s-themed disco with a dance competition, face painting and buffet at Sycamores on Sydenham Drive from 2pm to 4pm. At Four Ways (Mason Avenue, Lillington), a group Oomph! exercise session, refreshments, and buffet lunch awaits at their royal-themed party from 10.30am to 4pm.
In Nuneaton, residents will be marking Drayton Court’s 50th anniversary as part of their Care Home Open Day celebrations with a car boot, tombola, entertainment, and family games on offer at the home on Cedar Road in Camp Hill during the day from 11am to 4pm.
And at Attleborough Grange (Attleborough Road), residents are inviting people to join in with an Oomph! exercise session, entertainment, and games from 11am to 3pm.
People living at WCS Care homes in Rugby have a fun-filled day planned with Westlands (Oliver Street) holding a royal-themed celebration including fancy dress, entertainment, and best cake competition from 9am to 5pm.
Elsewhere in the town, Drovers House on Drover Close is celebrating with a traditional fete from 11am to 4pm including a cake sale, bouncy castle, stalls, face painting, BBQ and traditional ice cream van, while Dewar Close (Beech Drive) is holding a garden party from 2pm to 4pm. At Mill Green on Newbold Road, residents are running a bake-off competition from 10.30am to 3pm.
And residents at The Limes (Alcester Road) in Stratford-upon-Avon are joining in with the town’s celebrations for The Bard’s birthday and holding a Shakespeare-themed party for Care Home Open Day including a BBQ lunch, quiz, and theatre workshop from 11am to 4pm.
Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Residents love getting involved with Care Home Open Day because it’s an opportunity to give their neighbours a taste of what happens in their home every day.
‘People living in a WCS Care home have been part of their community all their life, so it’s really important for them to stay connected to it and carry on doing the things they’ve always done.’