Full house for South Shields home’s open day

South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse and predecessor, Coun Fay Cunningham, were among the guests.
South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse and predecessor, Coun Fay Cunningham, were among the guests.

A South Tyneside care home had the world on its doorstep as it swung open its doors for a day of international entertainment.

Visitors to Garden Hill care home, based in St Michael’s Avenue, South Shields, were served up a tasty buffet of foods and an array of drinks from across the globe while being serenaded by a gospel singer.

It was a full house as the home welcomed friends and family, members of the public and healthcare professionals.

Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse and former Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham, also joined the party and met with residents and visitors at the home.

The event was held in honour of National Care Home Open Day.

The event, which is now in its third year, is aimed at encouraging communities to visit and get involved with their local care homes.

Supported by a group of leading care providers, associations, charities and care regulators, National Care Home Open Day aims to reinforce the connections care homes have across their local communities.

It also hopes that by opening its doors and inviting the public in it will challenge misconceptions about residential care and showcase the excellent services that are at the heart of communities across the UK.

The global gathering was just the latest success for the care home.

The residential and nursing care home was named one of the top 20 care homes in the North East in an independent poll by industry website carehome.co.uk last month.

It was the second year in a row that staff and residents had celebrated making the list, which is based on online recommendations made by residents and their families and friends.

Garden Hill staff were also recently nominated for a national team of the year award at a glitzy awards bash in Leeds.

Care Manager Lyndsay Scott was delighted to see a bumper turn-out for the open day.

She said: “It’s been a very busy but very enjoyable day.

“All involved have had a fantastic time and enjoyed trying some delicious world cuisines.

“It’s been wonderful to see some new faces as well as our old friends.

“The party really has brought everyone together, which is what National Care Home Open Day is all about.”