QCS contributor Abi Spence offers tips on how to prepare for the week that champions the work you all do
27th June 2022 – 3rd July 2022
Hold your horses!
Don’t put away the bunting just yet! The Jubilee celebrations might be over, but there is another event that you should be interested in – Care Home Open week is nearly here!
Care Home Open Week enables providers to continue to be seen as an extension of the community. It takes place between 27th June 2022 – 3rd July 2022.
Care England say the week is set to connect care homes across the country with their community. It adds: ‘Care homes are fantastic community hubs, with outstanding facilities, filled with the incredible people that live and work within them. We want to invite everyone to find out about the care home on their street and learn more about the social care sector.’
Benefits of the week
- To help renew links with the community
- Showcase what your home has to offer
- Celebrate residents and encourage participation
How can you get involved?
Don’t be daunted with organising activities, QCS partner, NAPA, is offering a free downloadable pack of activities, ideas and even a risk assessment template can be found on the Championing Social Care website at – Care Home Open Week Starter Pack.
Registering on the Championing Social Care webpage allows you to access:
- A Care Home Open Week 2022 materials pack (released late March 2022)
- The Care Home Open Week community Facebook group
- Templates to help promote your event, including a press release and a letter to invite your MP to your event
- Graphics and social media tips to help you promote your event
- A feature on an interactive map to help your community find out about your event
Pick and Mix
We all know any event can be exhausting for both the people you support and staff. If you choose to be a part of it, you don’t have to go ‘all out’ for the whole week. Pace yourself with smaller contributions or even take a day or two off. Just having the posters in place, which you can find online, is a way you can show your support.
Don’t forget to document your day!
All activities are part of a person’s journey at the service. Risk assessments and documentation should be in place, and available not only to staff, but as an audit of how you involve individuals.
Make the most of it
Engage people supported by the service, their relatives and community members in planning. Co-production is the best way for things to work and for people to get the most out of not only the day, but the build up towards it.