Spirits were high in a residential street in Hailsham last week when a care home opened its doors to the community for a party.
Bowes House in Battle Road officially opened in June and cares for people who seek personalised nursing, residential or respite care.
Last week the care home invited its neighbours, residents and families of its residents to a party.
Four generations of one family went along on the day.
Mary Laxton, who is the daughter of one of the residents at Bowes House, said she was delighted to see her mother, daughter and grandchildren all in one place enjoying a barbecue and entertainment.
They were just one of the families taking advantage of the social occasion to meet up and home manager Alison Barnes said it was a real pleasure to see young and old equally happy at the event. She added that the party was organised for the whole community.
She said: “It is important to us to bring people together like this. We have a beautiful building with areas especially designed for socialising, both indoors and out, and we are making the most of them.
“The weather was perfect for a barbecue and people moved comfortably between our sunny courtyard, bar, lounge and garden.”
There was music for the occasion and entertainment was provided by Fred Delius and his acrobatic Labrador Henry who demonstrated “mind-reading” techniques with timely licks on his master’s face.
A raffle raised funds for the East Sussex Association for the Blind and Partially Sighted People which is based in Hailsham.
Bowes House has 90 beds for older people.
Specialist support is also offered for those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
The care home was opened in June by Mayor of Hailsham Cllr Jo Bentley and her consort Bill Bentley.
For more information about the home visit www.careuk.com/bowes-house or call 03332228690.