One of UK’s largest not-for-profit care providers will open the doors of its 68 care homes in support of this year’s National Care Home Open Day on Friday 17th June.

As part of the nationwide initiative, The Orders of St John Care Trust will welcome its neighbours throughout the country into its homes as a way of building and reinforcing lasting relationships between residents and their local communities.

This year’s theme for the day is Celebration, so as part of the day, the Trust’s care homes are organising activities and events for residents and visitors linked to the Queen’s 90 glorious years.

Below is a list of some of the OSJCT National Care Home Open Day activities taking place across the UK on Friday:

  • Ashwood Care Centre in Warminster transforming their coffee shop into a 1940s style cafe with staff and residents dressing up. This will take place from 10:30am until 4pm.
  • Athelstan House in Malmesbury arranging a 40s-themed Street Party starting at 2pm featuring staff in 1940s fancy dress and party food for all guests, including corned beef sandwiches & ginger beer.
  • Bartlett House in Ludgershall hosting a 70s-themed day including a coffee morning at 10am; a screening of the film Mamma Mia at 2pm; and a 70s Street Party at 4:30pm that will include balloon modelling and table top magic.
  • Glebe House in Kidlington hosting a 90s-themed day with games, raffle, stalls and a sweet cart.
  • Isis Care & Retirement Centre in Oxford arranging a 70s-themed day with music in the morning followed by a café with 70s entertainment and decoration in the afternoon.
  • Lake House in Banbury holding a world-themed party featuring staff and residents dressing up in their country’s traditional garb; traditional international foods; and a street party that will include a visit from a corgi PAT dog, loads of bunting, a full size cut out of the queen, royal family masks, a small raffle, and a large decorated cake.
  • Apples Tree in Grantham hosting a day-long 70s-themed day celebrating ABBA and including games in the garden, face painting, fancy dress.
  • Gregory House in Grantham and Whitefriars in Stamford arranging day-long street parties.
  • Southfield House in Spalding hosting a live performance from a local Indie band from 2:30pm.
  • Bohanam House in Gloucester hosting a 60s-themed day from 11am featuring games, a quiz, karaoke, buffet, raffles, live music and entertainment and ice-cream.
  • Henlow Court in Dursley arranging a 1940s Day set to include a visit from Tesco Community Champion, Anthony, from 10am to 2pm; AM country and opera sing-a-long; and live music and entertainment, along with an Alzheimer Cup Cake Stall and ‘Queen’s Breakfast’ food from 2pm to 3pm.
  • Monkscroft in Cheltenham planning a 50s-themed Open House Day from 10:30am to 4:30pm, featuring live Rock ‘n’ Roll music from 11am to noon; a tea dance from 2pm to 3:30pm; and a 1950s fashion show.

Many of the Trust’s care homes will also be hosting activities on Saturday 18th June to allow those working daytime during weekdays to stop in to say hello and meet the homes’ residents and care teams.

Kevin Hall, OSJCT Operations Director, said: “National Care Home Open Day is all about connecting people and inviting the local community into our care homes to have a look around and join in some of the fun filled activities we have arranged.  It is also a perfect opportunity for our residents to continue celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

“From hosting weekly community coffee mornings to welcoming local schools to spend an afternoon with residents, building strong ties within our local communities is extremely important for the Trust. That’s why National Care Home Open Day is such a significant day in our calendar each year.

“By opening our doors and welcoming our neighbours, we hope to raise awareness and remind people that care homes in every community are filled with unique, intelligent and charming characters supported by teams of exceptionally caring individuals.”

National Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities with the intent of showing people what excellent care homes are really about and how they can be at the centre of local communities, developing relationships across the generations.

For more information about OSJCT, visit www.osjct.co.uk.