Care homes are again planning to celebrate connections with their local communities in 2017.
After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2016, with more than 4,300 care homes taking part, the date for 2017 is confirmed as 16 June.
As Care Home Open Day’s emphasis is on the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport, the theme for next year will be ‘Friendship’.
As part of next year’s event, Care Home Open Day will be celebrated in conjunction with The Big Lunch, part of the Eden Project in Cornwall and an annual event that aims to get as many people as possible to share lunch in an act of friendship that will encourage communities to connect and help to prevent isolation amongst those who may be living alone.
Care homes are encouraged to celebrate friendships that have developed between residents, families, friends and staff, as well as with their neighbours, to reinforce how they should be an integral part of their local community.