Friday 19th June saw the National Care Home Open Day (NCHOD) come to Richmond Northampton. This is a UK wide initiative to showcase just what care homes are really all about and how they can be an integral part of the wider community.
People came along and saw for themselves our award-winning care home, enjoying “All the Fun of the Fair” with a fun packed afternoon of games and frivolity on our very own village green. There was also a display of arts and crafts together with photographs from other activities that have taken place over the past 12 months on our care floor. This year we were extremely lucky to have ‘Hands on Hawking’ visit our sensory garden, which was a fantastic opportunity to not only see birds of prey, but also for people to handle them personally.
In addition we also be opened our doors on 20th June with a further open day and food festival. Visitors had the opportunity to view properties currently on the market and speak to villagers and residents about their experiences whilst living at our retirement village.
Over the past 6 months Richmond has been promoting a “Knit-and-natter” initiative. Residents and staff have been encouraged to knit or crochet woolen squares for making blankets for new born babies. We gave out some 400 balls (approximately 8800 yards) of wool that once knitted into blankets covered more than 190 square metres of the village green! This ‘yarn bombing’ of the village green was an impressive sight – despite the unexpected raindrops for a mid June afternoon. Angie Kennedy a representative from Baby Basics Northampton came along to receive these blankets and stated “I can’t believe so many blankets have been produced. A big ‘thank you’ to all those involved, it’s quite incredible. It is a truly amazing feat and is warmly welcomed by our charity to put in our Moses baskets”.
Baby Basics Northampton forms part of Restore Northampton, a charity which aims to support families who are in greatest need in the town. The charity receives referrals from health professionals such as health visitors and midwives and relies on donations of second hand but good condition baby clothes, towels, bedding, etc. as well as new toiletries such as breast pads, toothbrushes, shampoo and nappies. Baby Basics have drop off points in Grange Park near to the retirement village.
Later in the afternoon, residents ventured indoors to take part in a new activity for the village, bowling for fun taster sessions of carpet bowls.
The concluding day for the open day events took part on 21st June which also saw the celebration of Father’s Day. Abington Brass Band were present to entertain everyone on the village green followed by afternoon tea, served outside.
So as another successful Richmond Open Day drew to a close we reflected on just how very proud we are of our 30 bed care home which is recognised as one of the top 10 care homes in Northamptonshire (as rated by independent website carehome.co.uk). To read some independent reviews you can visit their website and see for yourself why it is that Richmond Northampton have earned this accolade and we warmly welcome any feedback about our village.