A touch of the Caribbean shows the spice of life at Rugby care home

Hayley Langley (Home Manager), together with residents Molly Harrison and Freda Mills, pictured together with Staff Members at Drovers House Care Home, prepare for a Caribbean themed open day, as part of the National Care Homes Open Day later this month. NNL-150906-230259009
Hayley Langley (Home Manager), together with residents Molly Harrison and Freda Mills, pictured together with Staff Members at Drovers House Care Home, prepare for a Caribbean themed open day, as part of the National Care Homes Open Day later this month. NNL-150906-230259009

A garden party with a Caribbean theme will be the order of the day at Drovers House in Rugby as part of National Care Home Open Day on June 19.

It is part of events to challenge negative perceptions of the care industry.

One of those singing the praises of the care centre in Drover Close is resident Freda Mills, aged 91, who said: “People always seem fascinated by what I think about living here.

“I am with people who are my friends and follow my life-long quirks and habits, which I find extraordinary as care homes in general haven’t had a good reputation. Staff see us all living here as different but equal.”

Visitors will be shown what daily life is like with demonstrations of exercise classes, food, live music and tours of the home’s facilities.

Hayley Langley, manager at Drovers House, said: “WCS Care takes part each year, welcoming the public and arranging events and activities that help to create lasting links between people that live here and their local communities.

“This is all about showing people how excellent our care homes really are and how they can be at the centre of local communities, developing relationships across the generations.”

Hayley added: “Care Home Open Day is so important to all of us because perceptions about care homes are often wrong and that can make people anxious about moving into one. We want to show people what we’re really about and have a great time while we do it.”

The garden party is from noon until 4pm. The centre is run by WCS Care, a not-for-profit charitable provider of care.