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VIP guests support Care Home Open Day

John Swinney MSP chats to care home residents

Friday 16th June was Care Home Open Day and Barchester Care Homes across the UK have been celebrating throughout the weekend with friends, family, neighbours and VIP guests by opening their doors and putting on exciting entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

This year’s events were supported by a large number of dignitaries, such as John Swinney, MSP for Perthshire North, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in the Scottish Government, who visited Ochil Care Home in Perth. Mr Swinney took a tour around the home and spent time chatting to staff, residents and Annie McKenzie, a volunteer at the home who was awarded a British Empire Medal in 2015 for services to the community.

Care Home Open Day is celebrated by care homes across the country. It aims to encourage stronger relationships between care homes and the local community. From ‘Cowboys and Indians’ themed barbecues to karaoke and garden games, every event was different but they were all connected by the themes of ‘friendship’ and ‘community spirit’.

Last week was also Barchester’s Fundraising Week, where homes, hospitals and offices raised money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation and other charities. Open day guests helped staff and residents boost their fundraising totals by taking part in raffles and other fun competitions.

Open day events at Barchester homes included:

  • Wilsmere House Care Home in Harrow showed that care homes can be magical places with a magic show and live singer performing songs from musicals, such as The Sound of Music.
  • Wadhurst Manor Care Home in East Sussex got all dolled up for their 50’s fancy dress theme event with high tea, cupcakes, Pimms and a 50’s style troupe show.
  • Everyone was shouting ‘Uno!’ at Woodland View Care Home in Colchester at their open day where learning to play the classic card game was a real hit and a raffle helped them raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.