National Care Home Open Day 2014
Caring Times, June 2013
In June last year, almost 3000 care homes around the country opened their doors and took part in the first National Care Home Open Day. Members of Parliament, local councillors and national and local journalists joined care home residents, relatives and neighbours for a cup of tea and quite a lot of cake, but more importantly a chat and a good look around. Too often the only images that most people see of life in care homes are those captured by hidden cameras when, in very rare cases, things go wrong. Very little is seen or heard about the amazing daily care and consideration that is shown by dedicated care workers all around the country.
National Care Home Open Day last year began to redress the balance of media coverage of care and this year we are doing it all over again. On Friday 20th June, care homes covering our sector’s full range of services will be taking part, from elderly care to those looking after people with disabilities and complex long-term health needs. We are delighted to be able to announce that respected broadcaster Gloria Hunniford has agreed to be our media ambassador for the national event. We will be linking up with care homes from the other side of the world in Australia, and as it is a Football World Cup year, we will be creating a giant, international, virtual Mexican wave throughout the day.
Our intention is that opening doors for one day in June should lead to opening minds to opportunities. By strengthening links and working in partnership, more and more care homes could become community hubs for care and support, offering advice, training and other services to local carers. Care homes could lead the much talked about integration of health and social care.
We are calling on all care homes to throw open their doors on Friday 20th June and welcome in the public and give them an opportunity to connect with residents and staff and see how some of the most vulnerable people in our society are cared for by some of the kindest workers in our economy. Over cups of tea and mountains of cake it would be good to see valuable relationships born.
–Professor Martin Green chief executive, Care England
- For information on how to be part of National Care Home Open Day on 20th June 2014, visit: www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk