GALLERY: Magic, cupcakes and jazz at Ridgeway Rise's first open day

By Jamie Hill - 20 June 2019

CommunityHealth

Last week, Ridgeway Rise, a specialist dementia care home, in St Andrew's Ridge held its first open day.

Ridgeway Rise, renamed from Abbey House after it was taken over by a new company earlier this year, held its first open day on Friday 14 June.

The dementia care home started operating under the new company on 6 March and the open day was their first big opportunity to introduce the brand and work that they do.

The event started with live music from Cathy Sykes, who signs with Glen Miller Orchestra and accompanying musicians.

Ridgeway Rise residents and visitors also had an opportunity to get to know a variety of animals brought in by Wild Science including a python, gecko, hedgehog, and a bunny. Shelley Lozano gave a magic show and treated everyone to a balloon animal.

As part of the celebration the care home organised a fundraiser in support of Alzheimer’s Society on their annual Cupcake Day. The youngest guests participated in the cupcake decorating competition and won prizes.

The team offered a tour of Ridgeway Rise as an insight to all those who looked for care for their loved ones, considered a move or a career change.

Marketing manager Kinga Dabrowska said: "At Ridgeway Rise we would like to encourage local communities to visit our care home and work together to develop relationships. There is still so much stigma around dementia and care homes, we want to break those stereotypes and prove that care home’s residents  still pursue their hobbies, have strong social needs and can be amazing hosts. Val, the resident who lives with dementia, held an art exhibition and sale of her artwork.

"We had a visit from the local MP, Justin Tomlinson, different healthcare specialist and neighbours, who wished to welcome Ridgeway Rise in the community."

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