Open day fun at town care home

National Care Open Day at Foxby Hill Care Home where staff got dressed up and residents and visitors were entertained and joined by the mayor

National Care Open Day at Foxby Hill Care Home where staff got dressed up and residents and visitors were entertained and joined by the mayor

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Residents at Foxby Hill Care Home in Gainsborough welcomed a host of special guests when they held an open day.

Staff invited Councillor Ken Woolley, town mayor, residents from nearby Clayton House, representatives from the local Women’s Insititute and residents’ relatives to mark national care home open day.

Melanie Killelay, manager of the Middlefield Lane home, said: “They all had a great time. It went really well. We had quite a lot of visitors come. ”

In the morning, singer Jeremy Hillyard entertained the guests and in the afternoon they were all treated to a visit from firefighters.

Ms Killelay said: “Jeremy is a very popular singer among our residents.

“They all love him so we always invite him back. He sings songs from several different eras.

“They loved the visit from the firemen. They came in and went around the dining room chatting to all the residents. It was lovely.”

Ms Killelay said in the afternoon the residents played cards and dominoes.

She said: “They all had a very busy morning, so we had a relaxing afternoon and a buffet in the evening.”

Staff at Foxby Hill mark national care home open day every year.

Ms Killelay said the care home diary is also busy with up and coming events.

She said: “We have an enclosed area at the back we are working on and we are looking at officially opening that at the end of July when it’s finished.

“It’s a summer house and we are just putting in the last plants and getting the area ready with the final finishing touches. We just need to book somebody to come and open it for us.

“We also have an autumn fair planned for September, so it’s all go here.”

Care homes across the country are invited to host open days each year to mark national care home open day.