Care Shop have produced a set of downloadable origami templates for care workers, residents and visitors to use during Care Home Open Day 2015. The annual Care Home Open Day (CHOD) is taking place on Friday 19th June, on which thousands of care homes across the UK will be welcoming the public through their doors. CHOD is a nationwide initiative to demonstrate the excellence of our care homes, and everyone is invited to participating care homes to meet their residents, take part in fun activities, find out more about care homes, and most importantly, strengthen the bonds between care homes and their local communities.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to see and experience what their local care homes are truly like, and how they have their place at the heart of every community. Throughout the day participating care homes will be running activities and events along this year’s themes of ‘The Arts’ and ‘Valuing Staff’, so whether you have an inner Monet or Picasso, or you’re more of a Beethoven or Bach, you can get involved with a variety of artistic activities that everyone can enjoy.
Arts and crafts are important activities that take place regularly in care homes as they are social, engaging, stimulating for both the body and mind, and also enable residents to ‘show off’ their talents – or even discover a new one! So from ‘watercolour challenges’, art classes and craft fairs, to live music, dance performances and karaoke sessions with staff, each care home taking part in CHOD is interpreting this year’s themes in a unique way so you can be sure that something exciting will be on offer. You may wish to visit your local care home on behalf of a family member, to see it for yourself, or simply to meet the residents and discover why care homes really matter, but whatever the reason for your visit you’ll be warmly welcomed by residents and staff alike.
Why is Care Home Open Day important?
It’s no secret that there are several lasting misconceptions about care homes, due to a very small number of poorly run care homes that have drawn national attention, and myths about their unpleasantness, poor standards of care or residents’ wellbeing. But building upon the fantastic success of the 2014 event, CHOD 2015 will continue to shine a light on the reality of care homes: that they are filled with wonderful people with incredible stories to share who are all valued and well cared-for, and that they are pleasant and stimulating environments where all residents have their needs met around the clock.
By taking part in CHOD by visiting a care home near you and sharing your great experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #CHOD2015, you’ll help to make a difference in improving the image of the UK’s care homes – and you’ll have a memorable day to boot. Here at Care Shop we are looking forward to seeing snapshots of all of the events taking place on CHOD 2015, and to support the event and get into the artistic spirit, we have created two origami instruction sheets that care home staff can download below, print and hand out to visitors and residents on the day.
Follow the simple instructions to create a friendly origami dog or an origami heart, and don’t forget to tweet us your photos of your paper creations at @CareShopBunzl.