STAFF and residents at Brookview Care Home in Alderley Edge threw open their doors to the public, not only as part of the UK-wide Care Home Open Day, but also to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

A joint initiative by all the UK’s leading care providers, the Care Home Open Day aims to showcase everything that’s good about care homes. This year’s theme of ‘Linking Communities’ aimed to develop stronger links between local people and their neighbourhood care home.

Brookview Care Home in Alderley Edge invited the community to join them on Saturday, April 21, which also happened to be the Queen's 92nd birthday. They celebrated with a Royal garden tea party and entertainment provided by Alison Bennison’s Grow Project workshop – a sensory experience involving seeds and plants.

Maureen Southern, general manager at Brookview, said: “Care Home Open Day is proving to be an increasingly popular event and offers people an opportunity to learn more about the work of care homes, whether they are thinking about it in the context of support for a loved one or a career opportunity.

“We’re also finding that more members of the community are showing an interest in the event, and opening our doors offers a chance to ensure elderly people continue to enjoy connections with their neighbours. Our residents really enjoyed meeting a range of new and familiar faces, whilst marking the Queen’s birthday with some cake and a cup of tea.”