A HARTLEPOOL care home opened its doors to visitors for the day as part of a national event.
Staff and residents at the Bupa Brierton Lodge Nursing Centre, in Brierton Lane, offered the community a warm welcome and taste of typical care home life as part of a fun-packed event.
It was held on Friday to coincide with National Care Home Open Day.
The day, a joint initiative by all of the UK’s leading care providers, aimed to showcase everything that’s good about care homes, showing what “enjoyable and stimulating places they can be”.
Care home staff invited the community along to look around, chat with residents and staff, and take part in some of the residents’ favourite activities.
The day also included reminiscence activities plus live singing, entertainment and a visit to the home from a miniature horse.
Labour councillor Kaylee Sirs, who represents the Foggy Furze ward, also attended the event.
Carol Barnard, home manager at Brierton Lodge Nursing Home, said: “This initiative was a fantastic way for the local people to see how our residents live on a day-to-day basis and see for themselves just how inspiring care home life is.
“We all work so hard to ensure the residents feel this is a home from home and that they live happily as individuals – hopefully people saw this through the activities at the event.
“I speak for both the residents and the staff when I say we all thoroughly enjoyed meeting new faces and welcoming everyone into our lovely home.”
The day was also an opportunity for those who attended to consider a career in the sector with staff on hand to answer any questions.
Care home staff say visitors from the local community also had the chance to see firsthand “just how rewarding their work is”, and explore the different career opportunities that are available.
Around 300 Bupa care homes across the UK took part.