14 June 2022
Care Home Open Week: 7 reasons to get involved
Hallmark Care Homes has proudly been supporting Care Home Open Week for many years and whilst we did our best to virtually open our doors last year to members of the local community, there is no comparison to seeing our beautiful homes and meeting our caring and committed teams in person.
We eagerly await it’s return on 27th June and all our homes are excited to dispel stereotypes and show people how care homes are great places to live, visit and work at.
Below please see our 7 reasons to get involved, what to expect and takeaway from visiting a care home in your local area this Care Home Open Week.
- Meet fascinating residents
We are proud to deliver care to over 1,250 residents at Hallmark Care Homes and many have fascinating stories to tell. We have war veterans, centurions, residents who have had amazing careers such a former James Bond girl, and footballer, friends of nobility, and many more!
Why not pop in for a cuppa and say hello?
- View beautiful facilities
It might surprise you but many care homes across the country (including Hallmark) have facilities such as hairdressers, cafes, cinemas, music rooms, physiotherapy rooms, mini golf courses and much more! We encourage members of the local community, and families to regularly pop in for a coffee and join us for events such as BBQ’s, summer fetes and Christmas bazaars. Our facilities allow our residents to access all the amenities they may require from the comfort of their own homes, and encourage friends and family to visit and spend quality time together.
Don’t just take our word for it, view a video tour of our newest home in Brentwood, Essex here.
- Meet caring, knowledgeable and committed team members
The clap for carers movement highlighted during the pandemic some of the amazing work our care teams do on a daily basis, but by visiting our care homes in person, you can find out just how knowledgeable and caring our teams really are. In addition to our wonderful carers, kitchen and housekeeping teams, at Hallmark Care Homes we also have dedicated heads of department such as a Hospitality Services Manager, Dementia Care Manager, and Lifestyles Leader so you can be sure whatever your care needs or care questions are, our dedicated team can be there to support.
Get to know one of our amazing Lifestyle Leaders at our care home in Rugby, here.
- Learn about recruitment and volunteer opportunities
A career in care, making a difference to the lives of others can be extremely rewarding. Most care operators, including Hallmark offer training and support and career pathways for carers and nurses. If you are caring and are looking for a new challenge, why not come and speak to us or look at the latest vacancies on our website?
We are also recruiting for volunteers. We recognise as a sector that residents thoroughly enjoy meeting and interacting with a range of people living in their local community and volunteers complement and enhance the professional services provided by our team members. If you are caring, have some free time and would like to build some friendships with our residents, we would love to hear from you. Volunteering could include anything from having a cup of tea with a resident, to playing games, supporting at events, performing or sharing a skill. Every volunteer receives training and support where appropriate, and volunteering can increase your employability. To find out more about our volunteer opportunities, click here.
- Take part in activities
Activities are varied at Hallmark Care Homes and are tailored to the residents likes, hobbies, abilities and interests. Care Home Open Week is a great opportunity to take part and see some of the activities provided to residents at a care home near you. Activities at Hallmark can include live entertainment, flower arranging, baking and much more. Register your interest in attending a Care Home Open Week near you, here to find out more.
- Meet your neighbours
Is there a care home in your neighbourhood you’ve never visited? Why not pop in and say hello? Care Home Open Week is a great opportunity to build relationships with the local community and meet your neighbours. Our residents love meeting new people too!
- Taste freshly prepared food made by experienced chefs
The food provided at our care homes may surprise you! Residents have daily and monthly menu’s where they can choose from a three-course lunch and dinner as well as enjoy light bites, freshly baked pastries, cakes and biscuits in our cafes. Care Home Open Week is a great opportunity to taste and enjoy some of our hospitality on offer. At Hallmark Care Homes our chefs are knowledgeable and trained by our Executive Chef, Brian Lane and regularly attend workshops to gain new skills, such as the art of chocolatiering.
Watch our Executive Chef, Brian Lane in action here.
We hope you enjoyed reading our 7 reasons to get involved in Care Home Open Week this year. To find out what events we have at our Hallmark care homes, click here.