HC-One’s Meadow Bank care home, located in Bamber Bridge, Preston, enjoyed ‘dancing together through the decades’ with  an Elvis tribute show for this year’s Care Home Open Week celebrations from June 24 to 30, 2024.

This year’s Care Home Open Week celebrations took place from June 24 to 30, but HC-One’s main celebrations occurred during Care Home Open Weekend (June 28 to 30). Meadow Bank were delighted to open its doors to celebrate Care Home Open Week with residents, colleagues, friends, family, and the wider community.

Care Home Open Week is a national event hosted by Championing Social Care, designed to connect care homes with their local communities.The week provided care homes with the opportunity to showcase their range of services, provide tours of their facilities, and highlight the activities that are offered to residents.

The event is also a reminder to the homes’ neighbours that they are there if they need support and are regularly holding events open to members of the community. Most recently, the Clayton Brook Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts came to visit residents on Willow House community over the week to play games, listen to music, dance and chat together.

HC-One’s chosen theme for this year’s Care Home Open Week was ‘dancing together through the decades’. Throughout the week, residents, colleagues, families, and friends enjoyed a variety of fun-filled activities culminating in an end-of-week celebration at the home.

On Thursday, June 27, Meadow Bank care home hosted a variety of fun-filled activities, entertainment, and refreshments throughout the day which were enjoyed by all, including an amazing Elvis show. Staff, residents and relatives danced and sang the afternoon away, but the star of the show was Edna, from Willow House community, who sang and danced non-stop.

Bessie, resident at Meadow Bank care home, stated:

“Elvis was wonderful, and I am so glad I came to the show.”

Meadow Bank care home was decorated especially for the occasion and the celebration was a chance for everyone to come together as a community, and to learn more about life at the care home.

Visitors enjoyed learning from colleagues in the home about what a rewarding career in care looks like. They also found out about opportunities for community engagement and about the volunteering roles on offer designed to support their local care community.

Melanie Matthews, HC-One’s Meadow Bank care home receptionist, said:

“We were delighted to be able to open the doors of Meadow Bank care home again to welcome in our local community and bring everyone together to celebrate Care Home Open Week 2024. Everyone had an amazing time.

“We are proud to support Preston, and our Open Week celebrations provided a great opportunity to reconnect with our local community and to support community engagement which is so important to our residents, colleagues, and the local area.

“The week was also a chance for us to showcase what life at our care home is like, share career and volunteering opportunities, and remind our local community that our kind care teams, and extensive facilities are here for them if they ever need support.”