Local MP celebrates National Care Home Open Day at Redditch home

20 June 2016

MP Karen Lumley meeting Neil Smith, Andrew Pringle, Alice Walters, Amanda Leach, Lauren Harris and Sadie Jukes at Saltways care homeLeonard Cheshire Disability’s Saltways service in Redditch, Worcestershire opened its doors to the public — including local MP Karen Lumley — allowing the local community to get a taste of life in their 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 Saltways were able to meet staff and residents in a jewellery making class, and enjoyed entertainment by local singers.

The aim was to show visitors first-hand how the service operates and how its fully-trained staff support residents.

Karen Lumley said:

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

‘It was great to meet residents, staff and volunteers, and find out about the service’s work and history. 

‘Service manager Neil Smith and all his team do an excellent job — Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Saltways is a service for the people of Redditch to be proud of!’

Saltways resident Andrew Pringle said:

‘Saltways is a fantastic place to live. The facilities are excellent and the staff are really friendly and supportive.

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

Neil Smith, Saltways service manager, said:

‘National Care Home Open Day is an exciting opportunity for us to build relationships within our community.

‘It was fantastic to welcome visitors and see some new faces around the service.

‘We were particularly delighted that Karen Lumley was able to take time out of her busy schedule to pay us a visit.’

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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