Looking forward to Care Home Open Day 2015
By SCIE’s Pamela Holmes, practice development manager, on how her curiosity got the better of her after she cycled past a care home that was being built.
SCIE opinion – 01 June 2015
Ideas for Care Home Open Day are starting to blossom at Maitland Park care home, just like the trees and flowers that surround this 60-roomed purpose-built home for older people set on a hill just above London’s Camden Town.
But first, home manager June Dover is devising a staff-recognition award scheme that she wants to launch; and she’s also planning activities for an upcoming dementia awareness day. I was on a quick pre-visit to see what will be on offer on Care Home Open Day on 19 June. I’m looking forward to the day, not least because of the enthusiasm on show at the care home.
And enthusiasm is something that June has in spades. As we walked around the care home past en-suite single bedrooms, many with big windows overlooking the terraces where residents were sitting out in the weak April sunshine, we talked through her ideas for engaging with the local public on Care Home Open Day.
One is to encourage visitors to use the care home’s café where we talked over coffee and biscuits; another is to set out a stall on the apron of land just outside the care home door with leaflets and information posters; residents might even be willing to make a banner promoting the day.
June hopes that if more local people can be persuaded to pop in and visit, they would realise that a care home can be an integral part of the community. Some might realise it’s a place where they could hold events, for example; the activities room can be hired out and the building is accessible. Others might decide to volunteer as visitors.
So; I plan to visit the Maitland Park care home on Friday 19th June. Why? Because I think it’s important to highlight the good person-centred care that goes on in many care homes such as this one. There’s another reason – I’m nosy! Maitland Park is a place I pedalled past on the way to work while it was being built. Care Home Open Day has given me an excuse to knock on the door and introduce myself.