Care England, National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) and National Care Forum (NCF) are working together to support Care Home Open Day 2019.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says, 'We have learned so much from the previous seven years of Care Home Open Day and 2019 is well on its way to being a fantastic celebration marking the importance of the arts in care.'
Care Home Open Day 2019 will take place on Friday 28th June 2019. Care homes are encouraged to throw open their doors and participate, with the theme this year being Celebrating Arts in Care. The aim is to show communities not only how they can engage with their local care homes, but also to show that care homes are creative communities in themselves. The Care Home Open Day website has been refreshed and is now a one-stop-shop for all those wanting to make the best of the day.
Sylvie Silver, Executive Director of NAPA, says, 'Care homes are often creative places and Care Home Open Day offers an opportunity for those who live and work in care homes to show off their talents. The creative arts play a key role in encouraging self expression, sharing emotions and reminding everyone that many residents have talents that come to the fore when given the right environment to flourish. We would also like to see community-based arts groups visiting the homes on the Open Day to share their skills and experiences too.'
The website includes tips and key resources, with informative documents signposting the positive role of arts in mental and physical health, with particular reference to dementia. There are case studies of previous programmes which aim to help others make the most of the day.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the NCF says, 'Care homes play such a central role in local communities. They provide excellent care for community members, employment and volunteering opportunities for local people, excellent space for local organisations to meet and gather, offer vital support for local carers and so much more. In short they are often a community’s best kept secret – and we want Care Home Open Day 2019 to change that! We want everyone to understand just what an excellent resource their local care home is, and to come and join in the celebrations.'