Burnley Care Home gets Creative for Care Home Open DayMayor of Burnley, Ann Kelly, joined Dove Court, on Shuttleworth Street– part of HC-One, the kind care company – for a day filled with afternoon tea, entertainment and lots of art to celebrate the seventh annual national Care Home Open Day. 

Care Home Open Day is a national event that gives local people the opportunity to learn more about the care services at the heart of their community. It focusses on bringing those who live locally into care homes to break down misconceptions, showcase what life is really like in a care home, and to highlight the skills and dedication of local people working as carers. The aspiration of everyone having a better understanding how kind care is delivered.

This year’s theme was ‘Celebrating Art in Care,’ with HC-One launching a national Art Competition to encourage, Residents, their loved ones, colleagues and neighbours to unleash their creativity and design their own masterpiece. Participants could create anything from paintings, drawings, knitting, poetry, calligraphy and pottery – the choices were endless and allowed all talents to be showed-off. 

The home welcomed groups of children from two local schools as they joined in on arts and craft sessions with Residents, whilst children from local Barden Lane primary school attended the home to sing songs with the Residents and Mayor.

Mayor, Ann Kelly, was in charge of judging the art competition as she made the decision on who would be the worthy winner throughout four different categories – Resident, Relative, Colleague and community member.
The ‘King of Rock and Roll’ then entered the building as an Elvis impersonator serenaded the home with a wonderful selection of songs, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed this. Residents especially enjoyed interacting with everyone throughout the day, getting involved in the arts and craft, and having a sing along to their favourite music.

Catherine Brierley, Home Manager, commented: “It has been an amazing day, and wonderful to see the Residents enjoying themselves as the community came together inside the home.”