A corner of Steinish took on a Hawaiian personality today as Blar Buidhe Care Home celebrated National Care Home Day.
The aim of the Hawaii-style open day is to encourage the community into homes to support and interact with residents and to see that care homes are in fact happy, comfortable and fun places to be, banishing any fears or misconceptions.
Thousands of care homes around the country will be taking part in the day, including the other 227 HC-One homes across the British Isles.
In extending a welcome to the community Blar Buidhe hosted around 40 members of the public, including 16 children from the Stornoway Primary Croileagan, who had a fabulous time with treasure hunts, enjoying some party food, interacting with residents and staff, as well as entertaining with their own special song.
Talking about the importance of these days, manager Jane Afrin explained: “It is important to have the open days to dispel misconceived ideas that care homes are all about the end of life, in fact it is more about enriching the quality of life, with support and structure.”
Talking about welcoming the youngest visitors to the home, Jane added: “The children are the next generation and they will go away with the idea that care homes are a fun and friendly place to be. They also get to interact with residents, so it’s great inter-generational contact.”
With a Mexican wave planned for midday (the other HC-One homes will be taking part in this) and bright-colourful images courtesy of newly installed blow up palm trees, parrots, fish and monkeys in the gardens, as well as Hawaiian-style music and a dinner menu including Hawaiian chicken with coconut and upside-down pineapple cake there is a feast for the senses, creating a fun-day for all - residents, staff and visitors alike.