FAMILIES were invited to a care home opening to learn about how their loved ones are looked after as part of National Care Home Open Day last week (June 28).

Gracewell of Ascot hosted a weekend of celebrations, inviting friends, families and neighbours to show off its newly opened purpose-built home and find out what it is like to live at the care home.

This year's theme celebrated the role of Arts in Care and Gracewell of Ascot provided a range of arts-inspired events and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Stella Putt, general manager at Gracewell of Ascot, said: "We were delighted to welcome the local community to honour National Care Home Open Day with all of us at Gracewell of Ascot.

"The weekend was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate what the creative arts can bring to care while celebrating our residents and building friendships."

On Friday, the care home hosted a Hawaiian themed garden party, decorated with bunting and artwork created by residents on display.

Guests enjoyed listening to a local ukulele band, while Head Chef Matt Dodds demonstrated his skills with the barbecue.

Celebrations continued for the National Care Home Open Day, with a display by the Ellington Morris Dancer of one of the great British traditions.

The final event was a Rock Choir concert, made up of local residents with a passion for singing and entertaining guests.