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CELEBRATE CARE HOME OPEN DAY

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is encouraging residents to celebrate our outstanding care homes on national Care Home Open Day (16 June).
 
Many care homes across the borough are holding free events for the local community to help strengthen their links and showcase the excellent work they do. 
 
Bringing residents and staff at homes together with their local neighbours, shops, schools and volunteers can drive friendships, volunteering opportunities and intergenerational work in schools. 
 
There are 43 care homes in the Royal Borough which provide a caring, safe environment where residents are supported by trained, compassionate and knowledgeable staff. Not only do they ensure that residents’ basic needs are met but they also enable them to develop new and lasting friendships, participate in activities and local community events and ensure they are treated with dignity. Care homes are run by a variety of providers, including the council, and are staffed by hardworking and dedicated staff.
 
Councillor David Gardner, Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Good care homes do great work all year round and this one day helps us highlight staff’s tireless dedication. 
 
“Bringing together care home residents, staff and local residents benefits the whole community. Many of us may end up living in care homes when we are older and so events like these are important to help dispel myths and show the reality of what they are like.”  
 
Events being held across the borough on Care Home Open Day include: 
•         Vintage summer garden party with traditional garden games, live music and refreshments at Riverlee Residential and Nursing Home in Greenwich from 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm. 
•         Spa treatments, cheese and wine tasting and jazz entertainer at Puddingstone Grange Care Home in Plumstead from 11am to 2pm. 
•         Bric-a-brac display at Time Court in Greenwich from 10am to 12pm plus a vintage garden party with live music from 2pm to 4pm. 
•         Vintage summer garden party and live music with a 1950s theme at Ashgreen House Residential and Nursing Home in Woolwich from 10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm 

Visit www.carehomeopenday.org.uk to search for which care homes are taking part and hosting free events. Alternatively you can visit www.cqc.org.uk for further information about local care homes including their ratings. 
 
The Royal Borough offers assessments of social care needs to help residents who are considering moving into residential or nursing care to make the right decision for them. Visit www.greenwichcommunitydirectory.org.uk for more information.