Phil met with local people in his constituency for national care homes open day visiting homes in Ferryhill, Newton Aycliffe and Middleton St George.
Phil Wilson MP (Labour) says:
"It is always my pleasure to visit people doing great things within my constituency. Today was no exception. It is the national care homes open day and as such I have been able to visit three different homes in Ferryhill, Newton Aycliffe and Middleton St George.
First stop was in Ferryhill where the award winning Tenlands home allowed me to meet some of their residents. It was an honour to meet Eva who at 104 years old had us all laughing as she shared stories of her life, growing up in Ferryhill. I was impressed by the atmosphere at the home and the warm reception I and others at the open day received.
We were then off to Middleton St George where we had a tour of St Georges Hall & Lodge. It was fascinating to see the centre and how the place had been specially designed for its residents with room doors that looked like front doors and even a bar with a piano.
Our last visit was to Defoe Court, Newton Aycliffe where I was delighted to hear Woodham Community college band playing a range of songs from modern hits to songs from the 50’s. The residents clapped along and looked to be as entertained as I was.
The care homes open day is a fantastic scheme which gives outsiders a glimpse of the good work that happens in our care homes. There are also points to learn politically from the visits about how local and national policy decisions can affect how care homes operate which I will look into investigating further.
I thank all the centres for opening their doors to me and the public and I look forward to visiting again soon."