Residents go arty for National Care Home Open Day

Music therapy, flower arranging and creative drawing were just some of the activities residents in Trafford care homes enjoyed as part of National Care Home Open Day last Friday.

Residents at De Brook Lodge, Flixton, were also treated to a special visitor. Trafford Mayor Cllr Rob Chilton chatted with residents and care home staff – and even had a ride on a trio bike. This is an initiative, run by Cycling Without Age that enables residents to travel around the area in comfort.

The open day theme this year is Celebrating Art in Care. It’s a great way for residents to get to know the local arts organisations, and groups in their community and establish meaningful friendships along the way.

De Brook Lodge hosted a mood board competition where each of its residents spent time with a member of staff to create a meaningful piece of art. There were also mini workshops including, flower arranging, creative drawing and decoupage, as well as a performance by Urmston Musical Theatre and an art exhibition from St Monica’s and Wellacre Boys schools.

Cllr Chilton said:

It was wonderful to meet with residents and talk to them about their interests and how their care home helps them. It’s so important that people feel at home where they live. How they are treated, feeling safe, and being able to keep on doing what you enjoy are all vital so it is great to see care homes go the extra mile to make their residents feel at home.”

At Ferrol Lodge, Sale, residents enjoyed an interactive music therapy session in the morning with children from St Anne’s primary school. Then in the afternoon Creative Mojo visited to do an arts and crafts session with the residents and the children from Springfield primary. This involved all of the residents taking part in creating a tree of celebration, and some of the arts they produced will be being displayed at a National Trust site in Devon.

Other Trafford care homes celebrating National Care Home Open Day included Manor Hey, Urmston and Woodend Care Home, Altrincham.

Woodend residents enjoyed a day of arts and crafts and live music, while popular singer Sam Jones entertained Manor Hey residents with Motown classics.

Posted on Thursday 11th July 2019