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28th November 2018
Christmas is always a big event for everyone at Barchester, giving residents and staff the chance to share a meal together along with family and friends. Christmas is a fantastic opportunity to...
21st November 2018
Sensory stimulation uses everyday objects to arouse one or more of the five senses (hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch), with the goal of evoking positive feelings. Using everyday objects can...
7th November 2018
Don't Dine Alone is Barchester's annual campaign to bring communities together to ensure no one eats alone this winter. Loneliness has been described as one of the biggest issue affecting our...
12th October 2018
Being able to add personal items when you move into a care home can make a big difference on how quickly you adjust to your home-away-from-home. Bringing personal items with you when you move into a...
12th October 2018
Respite care is a short-term stay in a care home that can be both planned ahead of time and used in emergencies. This often lasts between one and two weeks, but the period will vary depending on the...
2nd October 2018
Stress can be unhealthy and even dangerous if it's allowed to continue for long periods of time. So what signs should you be looking for? Stress can be a difficult thing to identify both in yourself...
26th September 2018
Sharing a cup of tea or coffee with friends can be a wonderful way to spend a morning, but what if you could do that while raising money for a worthwhile cause? That's exactly what Macmillan looks to...
18th September 2018
Inspired by the new series of Great British Bake Off, many people in the UK, both young and old, will be dusting off their aprons, mixers and scales and getting back in the kitchen. A popular hobby...
21st August 2018
Do you need a care home or a nursing home? What's the difference? Why is it important? Nursing and residential care - and the difference between them - can be confusing. Because the terms are often...
14th August 2018
Providing activities for the elderly can be one of the most rewarding roles in a care home. At Barchester, we believe in providing well rounded lives for the residents we care for by providing...
7th August 2018
Whether you are a fan of the classics or like to keep up to date with today’s best sellers, reading is a fantastic way to relax and enjoy the words of another world. Book Lovers Day is an unofficial...
31st July 2018
Most of us love the sunshine but staying well in the heat can be difficult for older people. We all want to make the most of the warm weather but how do you stay safe when the temperatures rise?...
25th July 2018
Escaping to the country is a lifetime dream for many. Swapping the sound of busy traffic for the romantic peace and quiet of the countryside can sound idyllic but what's the reality? The English...
17th July 2018
The first day somewhere new is always daunting but what's it like to be the newest person in a care home? Doing anything for the first time can always be a little scary, especially when it's as big...
10th July 2018
There are a lot of myths surrounding more mature brains, but what's the truth and how can you keep your brain active as you get older? It's often thought that our brains weaken as we get older,...
3rd July 2018
The Wimbledon Championships are a fantastic excuse to get sporty with your friends, family and local community. Sport can bring people of all ages together, and with World Cup fever in full swing,...
26th June 2018
Meditation can help people with a range of physical and mental health conditions, with a new study showing it could even help those living with dementia. Getting a bit of peace and quiet after a...
19th June 2018
From the Queen and the Royal family to fish 'n' chips, afternoon tea and the seaside, being British means many things to many people. Indeed, our cultural identity often depends on what we were...

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