Hunters Down Care Home opened their doors for National Care Home Open Day on Saturday 21st April. The British weather did everyone proud with blue sky for the first hour and then some cloud coming over for the second hour!
Staff at the Care Home arranged for their local radio station Huntingdon 104fm to broadcast live from 1pm to 4pm. The station kept the local community in the loop about the Open Day while it took place. This meant that listeners who could not make the occasion felt like they were part of the day’s events!
The Queen turned 92 on this special day. Helens Novelty Cakes from Alconbury made an impressive vanilla sponge cake decorated with an edible Union Jack flag bunting and sugar paste primroses, which is the Queen’s favourite flower. The deputy mayor Bill Hensley planted a tree connecting with the Queens Commonwealth Canopy. People living at Hunters Down have been talking about the television programme with Sir David Attenborough and Her Majesty.
The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) challenge
Hunters Down also partook in the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) challenge for 2018. Everyone chose three Commonwealth countries and completed the 3 P’s challenge;
- Provide food, which will encourage conversations.
- Persuade folk to move and mobilise more by setting up unusual places to “visit” either within the home or in the community.
- Post materials around that will tap into memories linked to the Commonwealth.
For ‘provide food’ the three Commonwealth countries chosen were Mauritius, Pakistan and South Africa. On the Mauritius table were vegetable samosa, yellow pea fritters, boiled roasted egg, baja fritters (dumplings), coriander and mint chutney and chilli and garlic paste. The Pakistan food table offered chicken and mince samosa and potato cutlets. On the South African table there was Melktert desert. The traditional British cups of tea with scones were of course on offer as well! There was a lot of different conversations throughout the event regarding all of the wonderful food.
As for ‘persuading folk to move and mobilise’, Hunters Down hold a weekly “Love to Move” session where there is always a lot of movement. In part of the session they go through the alphabet, making the shapes of letters and then thinking of a subject to go through the alphabet with. A couple of sessions were linked with things connected to the Commonwealth Games.
To ‘post materials’, the Care Home flew all of the Commonwealth countries’ flags. Various games and a flag quiz took place. Information about Commonwealth Games over the years was displayed for everybody to look at.
Fun and dancing at Hunters Down
Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir came and sang for everyone, ending their session with Happy Birthday to the Queen and The National Anthem. Everybody said how enjoyable it had been listening to all of the Military Wives singing. Sean the Banjo Man entertained the crowd with a variety of songs. He had the audience joining in by singing and swaying their arms. The Team Leader Indiana Senior is from Mauritius. Indiana showed everybody a typical Mauritius dance and many were up trying the dance as well.
The day was a great success which was reflected in the comment book that people filled in at the end of the day.