An Agincare arty party on Care Home Open Day

Published: Friday 5th July 2019

What did our care home residents and staff get up to on Care Home Open Day?

This year the theme of the annual event was celebrating the role of arts in care. So on 28 June saw residents and staff at our care and nursing homes open their doors, show off their artistic skills, and raise money.

Here’s a taste of what happened…

Swanage’s Gainsborough Care Home celebrated national Care Home Open Day through the ‘Arts’ of Magic. A magician spent time showing residents, staff and visitors a few magic tricks he had up his sleeve (please excuse the pun!).

There was also a raffle with lots of great prizes, and live music. A lovely buffet lunch set out in the sunshine included plenty of home-made cakes.

Care staff from Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage have their photo taken with magic wands, playing cards and stars on Care Home Open Day 2019

At Blenheim Care Home in Bournemouth residents and staff got arty for a Hawaiian-themed party and the Blenheim Fete.

Everyone got involved in making flowers, grass skirts, friendship necklaces and lots of decorations for the garden. Many residents and staff dressed up Hawaiian-style with flowery shirts and grass skirts.

There were plenty of delicious treats on offer, with a BBQ, ice cream and puddings. Stalls to try included a raffle and tombola, ‘sponge the manager’, ‘name the bear’, hoopla, cakes, and a new-to-you stall.

Waterloo Care Home near Wimborne had a seaside theme with ‘fishing nets’ showcasing the residents’ seaside artwork.

There was also a display of rocks and shells decorated by the residents, plus paddling pools to cool feet, and sand in raised boxes to make sandcastles.

A Waterloo Care Home residents has their picture taken in a backdrop of an old-fashioned swimming costume

The Waterloo residents and staff also had fun with a ‘photo booth’ for people to pop their heads through for a beach scene photo, and there was fish and chips to eat, and even donkeys to pet!

A Waterloo Care Home resident strokes a donkey

Residents and staff at Naseby Care Home in Christchurch had a great afternoon filled with laughter and music, eating and drinking.

Residents at Naseby Care Home in Christchurch dance to music on Care Home Open Day 2019

There was a Punch and Judy show and singing from Steve Linn. Residents and staff tried their luck with the lemon coin balance, raffle, lucky dip, and ‘famous artist darts’.

And Naseby manager Karen Diesel also sold pictures she had drawn. All in all Naseby staff and residents raised £209.57, which they’ve added to their 2019 donations to the Care Worker Charity. So this puts their total raised so far at £329.57 with two more events to come before October.

A Naseby Care Home resident enjoys a Punch and Judy show on Care Home Open Day 2019

Agincare Homes Holding Chief Operating Officer, Tim Buckley said:

”These fabulous pictures speak a thousand words. What a brilliant day had by all. The way everyone pulled together to make the day such a success really does show true Agincare spirit.”