Downs Barn care home celebrate Art in CareAs part of the seventh annual Care Home Open Day, HC-One’s Highclere Care Home opened its doors to the community to take part in creative celebrations.

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 understand 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 were visited by a group of local nursery children who played games and sang to the Residents in the garden beneath the glorious sunshine, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

After a home-made lunch, Residents were then visited by therapy dog, Simba, who everyone enjoyed many cuddles off as each Resident was able to hold and pet the dog. To end the day, the home then welcomed children from another school who came to sing various songs and speak to Residents.

Both the nursery and school children took part in the home’s art competition as they painted and created some brilliant pieces of art work. Adriana Rusu, Home Manager, commented: “It’s been lovely to see the children and Residents interacting here at the home, and today was a wonderful opportunity to welcome the local community as we have.”