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...

Adlington Manor Care Home

As a way for our residents to still be able to see and chat to their friends and family, we have set up a Skype station in our bistro. Here the residents can sit and have a ‘face-to-face’ chat whilst enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

We have connected Skype up to a big screen TV to make sure that we can see and hear everything perfectly. It’s been wonderful to see their reactions when they realise that although family can’t come and visit at the moment, they can still see each other and have a good catch up.

Archview Lodge Care Home

Mrs.Mandy Black enjoyed the cocktail under the dryer, after one of our nurses, Mrs Nikki Correia, volunteered to do the hair of some of the ladies on her day off.

Boroughbridge Manor Care Home

We always felt that our Mothers were well understood and well cared for and treated not only with compassion but also with love by those that looked after them.

Station Court Care Home

As well as keeping in touch with families and friends via skype calls, our residents also enjoyed writing notes to loved ones and sending to families which began many conversations between each other via email.

Residents of our pen pal group have also connected with people all the way from Cardiff by sending postcards!

Ashlar House Care Home

As I’ve not been able to see my Mother since the home went into lockdown, we as a family are truly grateful for the love and care that has been given to our Mother. We really appreciate the updates and knowing she is in safe hands.

Lethen Park Care Home

Residents of Lethen Park have been busy making use of Skype and FaceTime so that they can video call their relatives – although some weren’t too sure about the new technology! For some, they have embraced technology to learn new things, including letting their competitive side shine with games and audio books to keep them stimulated and active during this current period.

It is vitally important that we ensure that our residents can remain in contact with their family and friends during this time. New technology is great for this purpose, but of course, a good old fashioned letter is just as welcome!


Marriott House and Lodge Care Home

Marriott House would like to say a massive thank you to Jean, our visiting volunteer. Jean has continued to be able to visit despite the COVID-19 lock down, with enhanced infection control guidelines.

The residents of Marriott House were very disappointed that they would not be having the normal visiting church services. Jean is part of these, so Jean lept to action to put together a service on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

Jean has provided two short services with some hyms and traditional readings so far, and intends to help provide a weekly service until the lockdown is lifited.

Jean has been amazing and offered so much support to staff and residents during the current lockdown. The services that Jean has provided have been greatly received by residents and staff.

Jean is such a lovely lady and she always wants to help when she can. Being able to attend church services over the Easter Period is so important to many of us; it gives us hope and reassurance that things will get better in the world, and it also gives a chance to pray for our family and friends.

Boroughbridge Manor Care Home

Residents at Boroughbridge have created their very own ‘rainbow’ tree and display and have joined the national initiative which sees members of community display rainbows in their windows, so that children can go ‘rainbow spotting’ when out for their exercise with family. The colourful displays are brightening up everyone’s day!

The Facebook group has over 90,000 members and the home is delighted to be part of the community spirit.

Rainbow art has been appearing across the country as a sign of hope during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many households across the local community and our homes have used their time during lockdown to draw and paint colourful rainbows to show their support and solidarity with the NHS and the keyworkers in the home which they live as well as hoping for better days to come.

The Cedars Care Home

It was very impressive how you managed to do all the checks and make sure that everything was in place (temperature checks, sanitisers, etc), yet still make the setting and visit very welcoming and relaxed.

Crabwall Hall Care Home

When asked if they would like to contribute to a ‘thank you’ board to be displayed at our front gate, three of our retired teacher residents jumped at the chance to help.

Audrey, a retired primary school teacher, offered to sketch the lettering and wanted to thank ‘everyone’, not just key workers. Christine, a retired art teacher, was happy to do some of the painting, starting with the bright red heart at the centre. Audrey, another retired primary school teacher also helped with the painting. As you can see, all three ladies, assisted by Carolyn, our Activities Coordinator, were very proud of the finished result, which will be attached to the notice board by our front gate.

As we are situated on one of the main roads into Chester city centre, the bright thank you will be seen by many key workers, as well as NHS staff at the nearby Countess of Chester Hospital.

Crabwall Hall Care Home

Even though many of our residents have had to endure hardship throughout their lives (many of them have lived through at least one world war) the coronavirus crisis is new to them too. 

Our residents are very resilient, but great care was taken to observe their mental and physical well being during this even more difficult time. On hearing of the lockdown, we immediately sent around a flyer listing all of the one-to-one activities our team could offer them in their rooms. This list included memory games, draughts, dominoes, board games, cards, hand massages and nail painting, music and movement, relaxation sessions, drawing and sketching, or just a lovely chat over a cup of tea.

Every resident enjoyed these sessions at least once a day. We have also been taking a drinks trolley around the rooms; our residents love their lunch time sherry or glass of wine!

Laurel Bank Care Home

Residents spent time colouring rainbows and posing for photographs to send to their families recently at Laurel Bank to let them know that we’re doing well here, keeping busy and keeping hope alive. We will get through this together!

Fordmill Care Home

Staff, residents, loved ones and members of the community, including the local police, cheered on NHS staff and other key workers at Fordmill, who are helping to keep the country running during the coronavirus pandemic. Those who have recently lost a loved one, stood strong and everyone took a moment to remember as they showed their appreciation for our key workers.

Lanercost House Care Home

We were delighted when some of Carlisle Section 4 officers did some socially distanced community engagement in various locations around Carlisle, handing out balloons to children, the elderly, and people who are experiencing lonely periods of self-isolation. They brightened people’s days in what can be a scary and anxious time for some. 

Meadow Park Care Home

Meadow Park recently presented local community group, Bedlington Network with an array of food parcels to benefit members of the community. 

We welcomed Lindsey Jordan and Dan Wilkinson from the group to collect the bags of goodies, which staff from the home have donated to support those less fortunate in the community.

It’s amazing to receive such fantastic support from our residents and staff, and this will be a huge benefit to our community.

Residents of Bradshaw Manor have sent messages of support and encouragement during these challenging times to key workers and emergency services in the area, along with the Post Office and local supermarket, who are playing their roles in keeping communities together with their service.

Residents created the coloured ‘Thank You’ and ‘Keep Going’ wording, which were attached to a poster. Clarence House, the surgery who do our home's Wednesday morning GP round shared this story on social media, and they received a wonderful letter from the Royal Mail with their thanks. 

Maple Leaf Lodge Care Home

Please can you pass on our thanks to Maple Leaf care home in Grantham from the ambulance crew that visited them today, for the treats we found when we got back to our vehicle. They were very much appreciated and enjoyed. Stay safe!

Oxford Beaumont Care Community

The Oxfordshire Fire Brigade visited the home on 30th April to show their support for all essential workers. These were moments full of emotions!