Dispelling fears about residential home life

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Barbecues and special guests will be part of the celebrations for National Care Home Open Day in Sheffield.

The nationwide day of information, on June 21, aims to dispel myths surrounding residential care.

And Sheffcare, the not-for-profit company that runs 11 residential care homes across the city, has a busy schedule of events at all its sites.

At Deerlands in Parson Cross, the day’s activities will include visits by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Vickie Priestley, and members of Sheffield FC.

At Springwood on Herries Road there will be a talk by dementia expert Dr Garuth Chalfont at 12.30pm and a chance to meet CQC homes inspector Janice Robinson.

At 5pm residents and guests will tuck into a barbecue.

“We want the world to realise care homes really can be inspiring places, full of unique, intelligent and charming residents, run by people who really do care,” said Sheffcare chief executive Belinda Gibson.

All Sheffcare homes will be open to the public between 10am and 4pm on the day.