Two care homes in Dorset are inviting local people to join in their family-friendly celebrations for Care Home Open Day.
On Friday 28th June Ferndown Manor, on Golf Links Road will be open from 1.30pm - 4pm, and The Potteries, on York Road, will be open from 10am-4pm. The events celebrate Care Home Open Day, a countrywide initiative to create lasting relationships between care homes and their local communities.
This year’s theme celebrates the role of arts within care, which is important in encouraging residents’ self-expression, and helps to create meaningful experiences.
Both homes have organised an art-themed party to celebrate the open day, with entertainment, activities and creative fun. Visitors to Ferndown Manor can look forward to beach-themed hat, bunting and citronella candle making and plant pot painting, while being served summer fruit cocktails with afternoon tea. At The Potteries, guests will get to enjoy a Poole Pottery talk, exhibition and sale, followed by arts and crafts inspired by Poole Pottery, and can also have their antiques valued with Duke's Auctioneers.
Janet Lewis, home manager at Ferndown Manor, said: “The aim of this year’s Care Home Open Day is to demonstrate how care homes can be creative communities, and that is exactly what we plan to do. We can’t wait to open our doors to local people, including families, and have some fun together.
“Last year we had a great time hosting our care home open day and I know this year is going to be even better. We look forward to making even more connections with the people of Ferndown and celebrating the vibrant environment in our home.”
Zita Turner, home manager at The Potteries, said: “Everyone at The Potteries is getting excited for our Care Home Open Day event – it’s always great to see new faces visiting our home, as well as welcoming old friends, and I know this year will be just the same.
“The residents are really looking forward to pottery making and being able to showcase their pots after the event.”