Care homes open doors to shake off misconceptions

BAR'S OPEN File picture shows Jayne Evans with Ken Tomlinson at Hawthorne Court Nursing Home in Sarisbury Green, which has its own mock pub
BAR'S OPEN File picture shows Jayne Evans with Ken Tomlinson at Hawthorne Court Nursing Home in Sarisbury Green, which has its own mock pub
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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Hampshire County Council is opening the doors to its care homes so people 
can get a true picture of what life is like inside.

National Care Home Open Day takes place on Friday and hopes to reinforce the connections care homes have across their communities.

It hopes to challenge misconceptions about residential care and showcase the skills and services provided by staff.

The campaign is now in its third year and hopes to get as many people as possible involved.

Homes across Havant and Fareham are holding events for the nationwide campaign.

Malmesbury Lawn in Woolston Road, Leigh Park is running an event from 10.30am to 3pm.

Visitors can find out what they offer as a specialist care home for people with dementia.

There will be tours of the home and an opportunity to meet staff and residents and join in with activities.

Elsewhere, there will be a barbecue, sports activities and a sing-a-long at Emsworth House, Havant Road, Emsworth from 11.45am.

The highlight at Hawthorne Court in Sarisbury Green will be the Great Hawthorne Bake Off to be judged by the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham.

A barbecue and raffle runs from 2.30pm.

There will be a special display about the 200th anniversary of Waterlooville at Green Meadows care home in Green Lane, Denmead.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm and there will be arts and crafts, quizzes and a cake decorating competition.

Staff will be happy to show people round and answer any questions.

Hampshire County Council runs over 30 residential and nursing care homes across the county for older people, people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

Many of these homes are planning a variety of activities for visitors.

To find out more and to get involved visitnationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk.