• Care Home Open Day 2019

Care Home Open Day 2019 takes place on Friday 28th June and is 'Celebrating Arts in Care'. Here is a snapshot of what Gloucestershire is up to...

Care Home Open Day this year is on Friday the 28th of June and the theme is ‘Celebrating Arts in Care’. The day allows care homes across the country to open their doors to the public for a fun-filled event promoting interaction, experiences and memories for the residents in the homes.

Carehome.co.uk has noted that care homes are “incredibly creative communities”. The Care Home Open Day gives residents the opportunity to be part of a national event showcasing their hobbies, talents and enjoyment through painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, movement, drama and music. Any art form can be portrayed.

At OSJCT our county homes are busy preparing for the day. Here is a snapshot of Gloucestershire’s plans.


Bohanam – Will start the day with music from the home’s handyperson with residents and visitors from the day centre in participation. A BBQ lunch will be available and the local community is invited to join. A competition for the best piece of artwork will be held and an art gallery on display of the works of residents and carers. Entertainment from Madame Merlot will be on show followed by a raffle to help towards the home’s amenities fund in the afternoon.

Chestnut Court – A 3D Chestnut Tree will be on display which the home has been working on. The leaves will be made of resident and carer handprints. Two logos of the Trust emblem have also been created made by various substances to help provide an engaging sensory experience. Interactive activities during the day include an art group, a guitarist and each household will be singing. The music continues into the afternoon with a piano player alongside an afternoon tea.

Edwardstow – Resident artwork will be exhibited across two of the residential floors for everyone to view. Willow Art, a local artist, will be holding art sessions in the afternoon and a watercolours workshop will be run by the carers. Handmade jewellery, embroideries and artwork by residents will be displayed as well as the work by community groups (local schools). The home café will be open all day.

Grace – A live concert called ‘GRACEstock’ will be held in the home. This will include a BBQ, summer games and animals visiting the home. Bands and performers will also be invited to enjoy the day with residents and the local community. The local school choir who will be performing during the day.

Henlow – A community art exhibition will be held in the home and an afternoon cream tea for everyone to enjoy. This exhibition will include participants from the Westonbirt Arboretum, local schools and nurseries. A musical soiree with the Cam Jammers Ukulele Group will also be in attendance for entertainment.

Millbrook Lodge – Is having arts and crafts for all to join, the local school will be coming to do a gymnastic display and a dance routine. Resident art work will be on show and an entertainer in the afternoon followed by a staff performance. Tea and cake throughout the day.

Monkscroft – An art exhibition will be on display to showcase various art projects which the residents have completed with the local community and also those they have done themselves. Many community guests will be coming along on the day. The local MP for Cheltenham will be attending in the morning followed by children from a nursery school and then at lunch time the Chief Constable. St Thomas’ catholic school will drop by in the afternoon along with the Mayor of Cheltenham and then the Chairman of the Royal British Legion. Members of the Oasis Community hub and students from Gloucestershire College will all attend the home.

Paternoster House – A garden party will be held and three schools will be in attendance to play a selection of musical instruments for the residents.

Southfield – The creation of a community fabric painting is the task for the day with residents, staff and visitors contributing throughout the day. Tea and cakes will be available and on sale towards the home’s amenities fund.

The Elms – Entertainment will be provided by a singer alongside tea and cake for all to sample during the day.

The Lakes – A craft workshop will be held with Cricklade manor in the morning. Admiral nurse, Nikki Rowe will be in attendance during the morning to help a dementia support group. In the afternoon Wild Woolly Women will be coming along to do a workshop. Wire Art will be made for people to watch and the Café Society will be in and out during the whole day.

Westbury Court – Is holding a ‘Fun Friday Festival’. Lots of activities will be occurring in the home. These include a blockbusters game, gardening with volunteers, a small animal petting area and in the afternoon the ‘Life of Riley’s’ band will be performing.

Windsor Street – Residents will be participating in a memory box activity as part of reminisce therapy. A magician will be on show during the day with musical entertainment to follow. In the evening the home will be having a cheese and wine event along with an art show.