Residents at Austen House care home in Lower Earley, Reading, run by Barchester Healthcare, are celebrating National Carers’ Week, which takes place from June 10-16.

Residents wanted to thank all the wonderful staff at the home, whose hard work and dedication make a real difference to the lives of those living in their care.

Carers Week is an annual event to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face, and recognising the contribution they make to our residents, families and communities throughout the UK.

The theme for Carers Week this year is ‘putting carers on the map’ to try to raise awareness in an election year for the huge contribution carers make to society.

Staff were treated to an afternoon party and our Head chef Ainsworth Brown had put together a wonderful spread of party food for everyone to enjoy. 

Family and friends arrived throughout the afternoon to join in the fun with staff and residents. Residents also gave thanks by  giving handmade cards and handwritten letters to carers with a small gift of thanks for all that they do.  

Arturas Repkovas, General Manager said: “It is so wonderful to be able to celebrate Carers Week and thank our fantastic carers with an afternoon party, also to welcome the relatives and friends. Everyone has had such a fantastic day.”

Austen House is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering high-quality care across its care homes and hospitals. Austen House provides nursing care, residential care and respite care.