Dulwich and West Norwood MP celebrates National Care Home Open Day at Athol House

20 June 2016

MP Helen Hayes with staff and residents at Athol HouseLeonard Cheshire Disability’s Athol House in Upper Norwood, London opened its doors to the public — including local MP Helen Hayes — allowing the local community to get a taste of life in their local care home to celebrate National Care Home Open Day. 

The national event on Friday 17 June saw hundreds of care homes across the country welcome people into their homes for the day.

Visitors to Athol House were invited to look around the home and relax in the new sensory garden.

They were then given the opportunity to engage with residents, and find out more about life at the care home. 

Helen Hayes said:

‘I was delighted to visit Athol House as part of National Care Home Open Day.

‘I have previously visited Athol House as a local councillor and it is inspiring to see the work that service manager Allison Hardy has done to expand and develop the beautiful garden for all residents to enjoy.

‘There are many challenges facing the care sector, and I am pleased to support Athol House and Leonard Cheshire Disability in their important work delivering high quality care services in our community.’

Resident Christopher Hall said:

‘Athol House is a great place to live. The staff are really friendly and supportive.

‘We really enjoyed welcoming the local community, and it was great to chat to our local MP especially given the recent events.’

Athol House service manager Allison Hardy said:

‘In the last few years the press has shown a lot of negative experiences of social care and care homes.

‘We want to change the public’s perception and show that the opposite is true.

‘We often get a lot of questions from local residents about whether they can get work experience at a care home, so this day was a great way of engaging with them.

‘The main priority of this day is to maintain our presence and identity within the community.’

National Care Home Open Day aims to reinforce the connections care homes have across their local communities, as well as challenging misconceptions about residential care and showcasing the excellent services that are at the heart of communities across the UK.

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