Care Home Open Week 2023 smashes participation record

Over 5,000 care homes took part in Care Home Open Week 2023, a nationwide event aimed at encouraging communities to engage with their local care homes.

In total, more than double the number of care homes participated in Care Home Open Week 2023 compared to last year.

Led by Championing Social Care, this year’s Care Home Open Week reached 135,000 residents and received record engagement from MPs, with one in five MPs attending a local care home between 28 June and 2 July, including Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner and social care minister Helen Whately.

This year also saw the inaugural Great British Care Cycle Relay, which travelled over 300 miles from North to South over five days, visiting 12 care communities to highlight the breadth of social care.

Care Home Open Week 2023 culminated in Thank You Day on 2 July. Led by Care Home Open Week partner Music for Dementia, people across the country were invited to unite in saying thank you by playing, singing, and listening to music together.

Care Home Open Week chair Mitesh Dhanak said: “The Championing Social Care team has been thrilled to see so many care homes across the country take part this year, and our partners have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s campaign a memorable event for all those involved.

“Our ambition is to show the public, potential employees and MPs that care homes can offer a positive, fulfilling, and highly enjoyable experience for residents and workers alike, and we hope everyone who joined us saw for themselves the incredible value that the social care sector delivers to society.”

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