about the open day

Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities.

Thousands of care homes across the UK take part each year, welcoming the public and arranging events and activities that help to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities.

This is all about showing people what excellent care homes are really about and how they can be at the centre of local communities, developing relationships across the generations.

We're making some positive noise - and we want you to be part of it!

This year we are once again partnering with The Big Lunch, which is the UK's annual get together for neighbours. Every year in June since the idea began in 2009, millions of people stop what they're doing and get together with neighbours in a nationwide act of community and friendship. In partnering with National Care Home Open Day in 2017, The Big Lunch is aiming to support care homes all over the country to open their doors and invite the community in.

Organising a Big Lunch shouldn't be overly complicated, or require a lot of resources or money: it can be as big or as small as you like. By making use of what you already have and doing a little research to see what others can share, you'd be surprised at what you can all bring to the table!

Order your free Big Lunch Starter Pack here

What do we want to achieve?

Care Home Open Day is about connecting people!  We want to enrich the lives of the UK's care home residents by reminding people that care homes in every community are filled with  unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by special people that really do care.

But don’t just take our word for it - we hope you will join us on 16th June 2017 - just  click here to find a home near you  and see what they’re planning for the big day! If you are a care home who wants to join in, then just click on the registration tab at the top of the home page and set up an account. 

In the mean time, we need everyone to get involved and help us by spreading the word - just like us on  Facebook  or share with your friends on  Twitter, and together we’ll make a difference that lasts!


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Our Supporters

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. Click here to find out more 
Read the CQC's press release

Alzheimer's Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. 


Skills for Care is the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England. Click here to find out more

NAPA supports front line care staff to enable older people to live life the way they choose with meaning and purpose. 


Click here to view the press release.

Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, shows his support for the Care Home Open Day.

Click here to download and read his letter.

Care England works to support independent care providers to the elderly & adults with learning disabilities & promoting the great care carried out in local communities.





Care Forum Wales represents 450+ care homes, nursing homes and other independent health and social care providers across Wales.




Scottish Care  now represents the largest group of Health and Social Care sector independent providers across Scotland delivering residential care, day care, care at home and housing support. 



The National Care Forum represents the interest of not-for-profit health and social care providers in the United Kingdom.



At Anchor we are committed to providing all of our customers, whatever their needs, with exactly the right level of care and support. We understand that people value keeping their independence and so encourage you to choose how your care is planned and delivered.


At Barchester, we specialise in delivering top quality care to the people living in our well staffed, comfortable, secure and happy homes. We believe every one of the individuals we support deserves dignity, choice and independence. www.barchester.com

We are one of the UK's leading independent providers of health & social care services. Care UK provides hospitals, treatment centres, care homes, home care & day care clubs.



Four Seasons Health Care is the UK’s largest independent health and social care provider. The company operates around 450 care homes and 60 hospitals and specialist care centres in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man. www.fshc.co.uk



HC-One specialises in Dementia, Nursing, Residential and Specialist care with homes throughout the UK. Each of our Residents and their relatives can trust that the care they will receive will be delivered with kindness, thoughtfulness and respect, in a safe, warm, comfortable and welcoming environment. http://www.hc-one.co.uk/

Your Care Rating has been established so that all residents living within a care home are given the opportunity to provide views and feedback via an independent, confidential and standardised survey. The survey is conducted by leading market research organisation, Ipsos MORI. It covers care homes that primarily serve older people (aged 65+). However, where younger adults live in such care homes, they are also included. The survey covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. http://www.yourcarerating.org/






The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects care services in Scotland to make sure that they meet the right standards. We also jointly inspect with other regulators to check how well different organisations in local areas work to support adults and children. - See more at: http://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/about-us#sthash.23lijks6.dpuf