Caribbean party marks Care Home Open Day at Drovers House in Rugby

Morgan Sinclair, Drovers' exercise and activity co-ordinator, residents Gloria Barrett and Sandra Newcomb, Mark Pawsey MP, Shalaine Myrie and Trevor from Nyama Foodz
Morgan Sinclair, Drovers' exercise and activity co-ordinator, residents Gloria Barrett and Sandra Newcomb, Mark Pawsey MP, Shalaine Myrie and Trevor from Nyama Foodz

Drovers House was one of several care homes in Rugby proving that life inside is bright, colourful and loud last Friday on National Care Home Open Day.

Families, members of the public and entertainers flooded into residential homes throughout the borough to celebrate all that is good about residential care.

Residents and staff at Drovers House, run by not for profit WCS Care, went the extra mile to welcome guests with a Caribbean themed day with authentic Jamaican food from Rugby’s Nyama Foodz and special guest Mark Pawsey MP.

Sandra Newcomb, who has lived at Drovers House since March, said: “Everyone was up dancing to Bob Marley in the café and really enjoyed taking part in the other activities; afterwards I was worn out!

“People’s families and members of the public joined in too. We wanted to create a day that was special and I think it worked. “We always love welcoming visitors and find that when people see our home, they question any preconceptions they may have had about care homes.”

Westlands in Oliver Street celebrated the open day with a fashion through the ages event with a fancy dress fashion show, art sale and live jazz by saxophonist Ian Hill. Meanwhile, Dewar Close home in Bilton celebrated with a 1950’s themed day with live entertainment and traditional summer garden party.

Morgan Sinclair, Activity and Exercise Co-ordinator at Drovers House, added: “The aim of the open day is to welcome the community into care homes, build links and show people first hand some of the great things that happen in them.

“The people who live in residential care, and those of us who work here, want to make people aware that the media’s negative portrayal of care doesn’t apply to the majority of care homes.”