Care homes open doors to the public

Heeley MP Meg Munn, at the Openday at The Orchard Care Home Warmister Road ,
Heeley MP Meg Munn, at the Openday at The Orchard Care Home Warmister Road ,

Care homes across South Yorkshire opened their doors to the public to celebrate National Care Home Open Day.

The idea behind the day is to encourage people to visit their local care home to develop better relationships between the homes and the community.

Norton Lees Hall and Lodge, a care home which specialises in the treatment of residents with dementia, was visited by MP for Sheffield Heeley Meg Munn and singer Jesscia Armstrong to mark the occasion.

Manager of Norton Lees Cheryl Green said it was important that care homes across the country sent out a positive message to families and the general public.

“Care homes generally have had a lot of bad publicity recently and the Care Home Open day was a chance for us to change people’s perceptions of what goes on,” she said.

“It is a hard time when you are looking for a care home for a family member.

“We’re a dementia home and just coming to terms with that illness is hard enough without then having to try and find the right home.

“We had a family who came round on the open day and we showed them around which is one of the main things we hoped to achieve, to get people to come into the home to have a look around see what we do.”

She added that the residents had thoroughly enjoyed the performance of singer Jessica.

“They always love to get involved with a sing along and there was a really nice atmosphere throughout the day,” she added.

Meg Munn MP said: “I was delighted to go along and meet constituents and staff at Norton Lees Hall and Lodge.

“It is an enormously important job they do in providing car for some of the most vulnerable and elderly people in the community.

“It was great to be shown around the home and talk to the staff.”