Delegates from Akita Prefecture Town Awareness Association have visited a Barchester Healthcare care home to learn about care in the UK.
Fifteen delegates from the Akita Prefecture in Northern Japan were greeted by staff and residents at Westwood House care home in Sydenham as they arrived for a tour of the home.
In Japan, the ageing population has meant that provision of care for older people is becoming an increasing area of concern. Previously, much of this care was carried out within the family unit but due to changes in society and increasing workloads, alternative forms of care are now needed. The Akita Prefecture Town Awareness Association was established to study the changes and manage these accordingly.
The delegates from the Association are currently visiting the UK to study the care facilities and services offered. During their visit to Westwood House, the delegates were treated to a tour of the facilities as well as a discussion on the running of the care home.
Caron Sanders-Crook, General Manager of Westwood House care home, said: "We are pleased to have had the opportunity to meet delegates from the Akita Prefecture Town Awareness Association and speak to them about the way that we run our home. We are committed to providing high quality care and it's clear that the Association is too; and so the day has proved to be very interesting for all involved."