Care homes across West Dorset are opening their doors to the public for National Care Home Open Day this month.

National Care Home Open Day is designed to encourage people to visit care homes in their neighbourhood and to inspire care providers to develop better relationships between their home and the community.

Dorchester’s Wolfeton Manor care home is holding a tea party to celebrate the event tomorrow and is encouraging members of the public to attend. The tea party runs from 2pm to 4pm and cakes and refreshments will be on offer.

Sam Hansford, registered manager at the home, said: “Some people still have misconceptions about care homes, so we are keen to dispel any myths that are out there and for people to come and have a look around.”

Primrose Lodge care home in Weymouth has also been inspired to open their doors and is holding a fete on Saturday with a raffle, tombola, activities and cake and refreshments from 2pm to 4pm.

Visitors will be able to tour the home and the gardens or chat to the residents, who are keen to welcome people who would like to have a look around.

Linda Smith, registered manager at the home, said: “This is a great way to showcase the excellent care on offer and the fantastic team work that goes on at our super home.”

For more information call Wolfeton Manor on 01305 734121 or Primrose Lodge on 01305 786568.