Care homes throw open doors to celebrate good service

SHALL WE DANCE? ... National Care Home Day at Stapleton House Care Home. Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn with staff.
SHALL WE DANCE? ... National Care Home Day at Stapleton House Care Home. Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn with staff.

CARE homes across South Tyneside opened their doors to the public to celebrate the service they provide.

A host of homes took part in yesterday’s National Care Home Open Day.

COWBOY FUN ... National Care Home Day at Cheviot Court Nursing Home. Manager Louise Damms, left, with residents.

COWBOY FUN ... National Care Home Day at Cheviot Court Nursing Home. Manager Louise Damms, left, with residents.

The annual event saw residential homes across the UK open their doors and invite members of the public to take a look around.

Stapleton House in Borough Road, Jarrow, was one of those to take part.

The 42-bed home, which offers residential care for dementia patients, has recently been fully refurbished and is under new management.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, Mayoress Patricia Ridley, Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn, and Coun Fay Cunningham were among the guests to take a tour of the home.

The home’s activities co-ordinator, Janet Byrne, said: “This isn’t a home, it’s our home and we were proud to show people around it.

“Every door was open and guests were taken on a tour to show them exactly what we have to offer here.

“The whole day was absolutely fantastic, it went brilliantly and everyone enjoyed it.

“We had a singer, Blake Robson, perform and everyone was having a dance, even the Mayor and Mayoress.

“National Care Home Open Day has given us a fantastic opportunity to welcome people into our home.

“Members of the public came for a look around, and chatted to residents and staff members, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We’re already looking forward to taking part next year.”

Residents at Harton Grange Care Home proved they do like to be beside the seaside.

Elderly folk at the Boldon Lane complex in South Shields regularly head out in the home’s minibus for a trip to the town’s seafront

So it seemed only natural that to mark the day, a seaside-themed celebration should be held – and it went down a storm, with town MP Emma Lewell-Buck among attendees.

Deputy manager Bev Wilson said: “We had Dream Team Productions come along and they sang seaside-themed songs and we all dressed in seaside attire. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.”

Fun was also on the menu at Cheviot Court Care Home at Horsley Hill Square in South Shields.

Country and western singer Lee Davis entertained the residents, and also in attendance were pupils from Bamburgh School, community police officers and ward councillor Eileen Leask.

Shetland ponies even made an appearance as part of a pets as therapy programme.

Activities co-ordinator James Moore said: “It was a fantastic day, we couldn’t have hoped for it to go any better.”

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