Celebrating life at Barchester

Whilst the world outside is in uncertain times, safe inside our Barchester homes our residents are carrying on with

fun activities and we are joining forces with our local communities to share some cheer.

Take a look at what we've been up to...

Ashchurch View Care Home

My husband has always been dealt with respect and love - this team is a credit to you as their employers and your biggest asset - please value them.

Cheshire Grange Care Home

The corridors of Cheshire Grange were brightened up with some colourful & crazy hair styles, as staff sported some weird and wonderful bouffants. This was not only to bring a smile to everyone’s faces, but to help raise funds for a local community initiative, set up by one of our carer's partners, to help families hardest hit by the current situation.

The day was a great success, and a total £145 was raised for the fund in-house on the day, along with over another £100 donated to the Just Giving page by families and friends who couldn’t join us.

Flowerdown Care Home

An international pandemic was not going to let organisers of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show or residents at Flowerdown stop celebrating the event, as it was moved to a digital format.

Taking place between 18th – 24th May, the world’s greatest flower show went digital, and brought an exciting line-up of world-leading designers, plant experts, and practical gardening advice – all enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

In celebration, the RHS and BBC1’s The One Show, joined forces to launch a competition to celebrate ‘Virtual Chelsea’, asking green fingered fans to share images of green spaces and gardens – and hear how plants are helping them through these challenging times. Of course, residents at Flowerdown were keen to get involved.

Residents thoroughly enjoyed flower arranging, planting seasonal flowers and seeds ready to be planted into our garden or simply enjoying the lovely weather in beautiful surroundings.

The Chelsea Flower Show is a much loved event at the home, and residents get so much from spending time in our gardens. In these unprecedented times, we are so lucky that the residents can still enjoy the peaceful green spaces. Our dedicated gardening team made up of staff and residents alike work over-thyme to get our garden beautiful for the summer, and some of them loved the competition element of the Flower Show this year. Continuing to provide a range of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities for our residents is more important than ever, and we continue to ensure that the group activities are smaller, adhering to the government's social distancing guidelines.

Fairview House Care Home

I will never forget your friendship and kindness you showed to myself too when I went in. We shared so much laughter and hugs, it was like you became an extended family to me. The entertainment and offerings you provided put a constant smile on my mum’s face, and mine too.

Bamfield Lodge Care Home

It’s easy to get lonely in a time of isolation, which is why we have been writing postcards with our residents this week to keep in touch with loved ones.

We’ve also received some great letters and pictures from our pen pals and local community, which we have displayed here at Bamfield Lodge.

Our residents have enjoyed receiving these and sending responses back to their pen pals. It has really helped to brighten our days!

Beaufort Grange Care Home

Staff at Beaufort Grange were joined by local police personnel to clap for key workers in the community. As a way of saying thank you to the staff at Beaufort Grange, Avon and Somerset Constabulary gifted chocolate eggs to all staff and residents at the care home. Beaufort Grange staff then joined the police to clap and cheer to express appreciation for the effort being made by key workers to keep people safe and well during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We here at Beaufort Grange are incredibly grateful for the outstanding services provided by key workers. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by our local community. Many people have brought flowers and cards for staff and residents. We have also received homemade face masks, visors, and kit bags, which have been a great help to our staff.”

We are planning to host a garden party for our local community once lockdown has ended and it is safe to do so. We are looking forward to being able to see everyone and express our thanks for everyone’s efforts.

Laurel Bank Care Home

Activity Coordinators, Jamie and Elizabeth, proudly displayed their colourful banner outside the home in an effort to boost community spirit in the area and remind people to keep smiling through these difficult times.

Bamfield Lodge Care Home

Bamfield Lodge would like to thank everyone in the local area for all of the care and support since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been a challenge, as with all care services, but we have been overwhelmed with supportive pictures, messages, and care packages.

Red Oaks Care Home

Staff at Red Oaks had a surprise parcel from a member of the Henfield under-8’s football team bearing gifts.

7 year old Ewan and his mum came to Red Oaks with a big box of quality hand creams for the staff at Red Oaks. The attached letter stated: “The team wanted to say a huge thank you for all the amazing work you always do at the care home, but particularly what you have been doing to support people during these challenging times. We understand that your hands are getting very dry and sore from using lots of hand sanitiser, so we hope that these hand creams help.”

In these unprecedented times, it is very touching that community groups are thinking about the NHS and the social care sector and being so generous in support.

Hunters Care Home

A big thank you to all of the families and friends of the residents who have been sending us messages of support in recent weeks. The banner with 'Clapping 4 Hunters' is fantastic, and it makes us all feel really proud to be acknowledged when you thank all of the front line workers every Thursday.

We will all continue to give 100% to provide the best possible care for your family members and loved ones, and hopefully, before too long you, will all be able to be reunited!

Kernow House Care Home

It can feel a little lonely when you can’t have your family around you and the staff have to distance socially. Thankfully, we now have a large quantity of empathy dolls and robotic companion cats, and they are very comforting to hold and cuddle.

We do not share them at the moment, but we have enough for those residents who need a little loving. The best of all is perhaps that they neither answer back nor do they scratch, even when you poke them in the eye.

Ashlar House Care Home

There are no words to tell you how grateful I am to this wonderful, fantastic place. Barchester should be proud and privileged to have such a wonderful care home under their name.

Moreton Hill Care Home

Being in lockdown doesn’t mean friends and families can’t connect with each other. Lots of us have been using Skype, sending letters and postcards or making videos to be enjoyed. Here at Moreton we have set up a screen in our reception area for our residents to enjoy all the messages, films and photos sent in.

Moreton Hill Care Home

The sun shone and we had a wonderful day celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Three of our residents were based in India at the end of WW2.  We decorated our beautiful courtyards with bunting and flags, our chef conjured up some war time food, we sang songs and had a lovely tea party in the garden.

The local community group in Stonehouse that had planned the town’s celebrations sent us a box of goodies of food and drink as well as some fantastic knitted bunting.  Thank you Wendy and our Stonehouse friends.

Leeming Bar Grange Care Home

Residents of Leeming Bar have been delighted each time they receive some beautiful handmade cards and messages from their loved ones and members of the community through their pen-pal initiative.

The residents have loved reading the messages in the cards and they have been displayed proudly in the home. As part of their recent arts & craft sessions, residents have been creating cards and messages to show and send to their loved ones; it is amazing how a simple letter, short story, poem or even a photo or drawing can brighten someone’s day.

Broadway Halls Care Home

Thank you to all the staff at Broadway Halls for doing such an amazing job. Although I can’t wait to see my mum, I do not have any worry or added stress as to how she is because I know she is getting the very best care.

Chater Lodge Care Home

Our residents are all becoming well accustomed to the iPad now and embracing technology by using FaceTime, Zoom and emails to stay in touch with loved ones. We thought we’d have some fun seeing what their social media accounts would look like if they had them.

Field House Care Home

Staff and residents were so pleased to see the efforts of our team supported by the local fire service and police team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff were greeted to a round of applause unexpectedly at the home at 8pm on on 7th May by local emergency service teams, which was very emotional for all involved. This was a spontaneous attendance and well received by the team who were elated at the attendance and recognition of the emergency services team, who they consider to be our everyday heroes.