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Garthowen, our residential service in Ceredigion, welcomed people into their home as part of the National Care Home Open Day last week. Friends and family came to the service to celebrate the event.

Care Home Open Day is all about showing people what excellent care homes are really about and how they can be at the centre of local communities, developing relationships across the generations.

In preparation for the event, the team helped the people they support to make bunting, banners and other decorations to put up around the service.

Staff bought raffle prizes and face paint. They also created games such as ‘guess the name of the dog’ and ‘how many lolly pops are in the jar?’ These games were enjoyed very much by everyone who got involved.

Everyone was able to get involved in one way or another as there were lots of different activities arranged. All of the staff had their faces painted, what they had done was chosen by the people they support, which was very entertaining.

Altogether there were a rabbit, a fox, a dog, a crocodile, a cat and lots of flowers and rainbows painted onto cheeks.

The aim of these events is to enrich the lives of the UK’s care home residents by reminding people that care homes in every community are filled with unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by special people that really do care.

Garthowen would like to hold another event in the future and plan to invite guests from other Regard services, as well as attend other parties to make this an annual celebration which allows everyone in the company to mix together in the different services.

Service Manager, Amyleigh, said: ‘Everyone enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere was great’.



Specialism: Garthowen is a registered residential home for adults with Learning Disabilities, Dementia and/or Physical Disabilities which can be complex. The service can manage