A ‘wacky Olympics’ and Rio carnival-inspired activities were among the highlights at care homes across West Suffolk as they celebrated a national community initiative.
Care Home Open Day on Friday encouraged homes to open their doors to local communities to build lasting links.
St Peter’s House, in Bury St Edmunds, hosted a Rio-themed Wacky Olympics where staff, families and residents competed in games such as an egg and spoon race, space hopper race and a Chinese chicken race using chop sticks to hold a rubber chicken.
Mayor of St Edmundsbury Julia Wakelam lit the Olympic torch made by some of the residents to start proceedings.
There was also a barbecue lunch and Brian Shaw entertained with songs from the 1950s. General manager Naomi Nunn said they are ‘passionate’ to demonstrate what they do as a home and ‘how committed the team are to give outstanding care’.
Care UK’s homes also celebrated the occasion and at Davers Court, in Bury, residents, relatives and visitors enjoyed a 1950s themed party with a barbecue and music from Les Trutch.
Meanwhile, Glastonbury Court, in Bury; Cedrus House, in Stowmarket and Mildenhall Lodge all held Rio carnival-inspired events.
Activities included entertainment from singer Sabrina Summer and a dance perfromance from Horringer Court Middle School pupils at Glastonbury Court, where residents also enjoyed a Brazilian headdress contest.
Michelle Webster, home manager at Cedrus House, said: “We were delighted to see so many local people.”