Care home opens doors with World War Two party


A street party and 1940s outfits formed part of a World War Two themed party at a Belper care home.

The nostalgic occasion at Holbrook Hall was held to mark the second National Care Home Open day.

The idea behind the event was to encourage local people to visit care homes in their neighbourhood and work together to develop better relationships between the home and the community.

At Holbrook, the day consisted of a gardening club, cake decorating, an afternoon of singing and dancing and a war time street party with the food appropriate for the 1940’s.

At the end of the day the RJN male voice choir performed. And in keeping with the world war theme, staff were dressed in 1940’s outfits.

Barbara Mee, Manager at the home, said, “This was a great way to showcase the excellent services on offer and the fantastic work that goes on a Holbrook Hall.

“Some people still have misconceptions about care homes so we are keen to dispel any myths that are out there and for people to come and have a look around.”

Meanwhile, Holbrook Hall has also been working with staff from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (DCHS) on falls prevention.

Members of the trust’s Community Therapy Team and the Care Home Advisory Service met with staff, residents and relatives to raise their awareness of falls and how to implement strategies to try and reduce them during the national Falls Awareness Week that ran from June 16-20.