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...

Cepen Lodge Care Home

To celebrate the Queen’s birthday and National Tea Day, the Queen came to visit us at Cepen Lodge and enjoyed a cup of tea with our residents in their rooms. Of course, she had to wear the correct PPE, which she did not mind; she already had her gloves on prepared! Here is David with the Queen enjoying a cup of Earl grey.

Dovedale Court Care Home

Thank you to West Bengal, who donated an emergency food parcel to members of the home's staff team. On behalf of Dovedale colleagues, they would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty, and hope everyone stays safe and well. It was such a nice gesture, thinking of us care homes and everyone joining forces to keep the community spirit together!

Ottley House Care Home

The Dunelm store in Telford have kindly donated wash bags to staff and residents. It’s lovely that businesses are offering their support, especially as they too have been hit hard by the lockdown. It truly is a challenging time for all. We are humbled by their kindness.

Challoner House Care Home

A sports day and BBQ was enjoyed by staff and residents at Challoner, with all social distancing measures in place.

Iddenshall Hall Care Home
Clapped for Iddenshall Hall in Tarporley for all you do for my sister and other residents. My sincere thanks. 
Scarborough Hall Care Home

Scarborough Hall care home has welcomed home a resident, 84 year old Muriel Tipper, 84 years young. Muriel has recently spent a period of time in Scarborough Hospital, whilst in hospital Muriel tested positive to Covid-19.

After excellent care and treatment by all the doctors and nurses at Scarborough Hospital Muriel returned home after recovering. Staff, residents and guests commemorated the day with afternoon tea and made a great fuss over Muriel as everyone has been delighted that she has overcome and returned to the home.

General Manager, Charlotte Nurse of Scarborough Hall said: “Today has been all about celebrating Muriel’s return and it has been great fun for everyone. Our staff and the people who live here have really got involved with the celebrations and have really enjoyed themselves. In these unprecedented times with so much negativity in the media, we wanted to share the good news and give people some hope. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Scarborough Hall for their dedication and commitment to the home not only at this time but over the years’”

The Manor Care Home

Jean Kelman is adjusting to the virtual world so she can video call her family and friends on her big day on Easter Monday (April 13). Jean, who lives at the Manor Care Home, in Bishop's Hull, said: "I feel like the Queen.

"I’ll be having birthday celebrations with all the staff here and I’ll be having a party with my family when everything is back to normal." 

Jean was born in Wells in 1920 and became a trained nurse. She and her late husband Steve had three daughters - Fiona, Heather, who has since died, and Suzanne. Jean said: "I still think about Heather, I'm very proud of all my children and my grandchildren."

Fiona said: "Jean is and has been a fantastic mother and friend to so many over the past 100 years, and it’s wonderful to be with her on this very special day to say just how proud she makes us feel. She is truly an inspiration to all of us."

Carla Bowman, general manager of the home, said: "We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable woman as she reaches this amazing milestone. Jean is such a popular resident who always has an interesting tale to tell, and we look forward to hearing many more as she breaks into her next century."

Tixover House Care Home
Clapping for Tixover House Care Home. How my heart goes out to them as they work tirelessly to keep our loved ones, especially my lovely Mum, safe, healthy and entertained. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Westvale House Care Home
Clapped for Westvale House in Warrington who have helped my 94 year old mum survive Covid 19
Lochduhar Care Home
Clapping for Lochduhar again this week. Such an amazing team of staff who continue to work hard to provide the best care and support to all our residents. So proud of everyone!
Hunters Care Home

Here at Hunters, the residents are keeping up their spirits with arts and crafts sessions. The art work will be displayed on our smile board, which is designed to keep everyone cheerful and show all of the positive messages and thoughts that are being sent to Hunters. Everyone here would like to send their love to family and friends and at this difficult time, and send the message to stay home, stay safe and to protect the NHS.

The Fernes Care Home

We have been overwhelmed with gifts and items being donated to our home; we cannot believe how many people are thinking about us all at this time.

We have had 2 deliveries of flower, orchids and Easter gifts from Stewarts, our local garden centre. B&Q has donated flowers for our garden. The Co-op donated Easter eggs for our residents, and a very kind gentleman bought 52 eggs for us.  We have had a free delivery from Pizza Hut, muffins made by a talented lady from Queenies Travelling Teapot, and a beautiful array of flowers from a local florist. 

We would like to thank you all from the bottom of hearts.

Winchester House Care Home

With the absence of our regular entertainers, Winchester House continues to provide musical therapy to all of our residents as best we can. You can imagine our joy when Barchester’s very own Clinical Development Nurse, Patrick McCrossan, came to work one day, guitar in hand, and conducted the most wonderful singalong with some of our residents. Here’s hoping he’s as eager to entertain us all again as we are to hear him.

Mount House and Severn View

Mount House received a very heartfelt message from Tracey Stevens, Store Manager, and her team at Dunelm in Shrewsbury, who wanted to donate something special to our home.

Tracey arrived to donate items to make our staff room more comfortable and a place for our staff to have a well-deserved break. We received mugs, bean bags, a toastie maker and other items. Dunelm also kindly donated 12 beautiful printed fleeces for our residents. In the hamper there was a note to say ‘Just to say a big! Thank you J for all your work, we will always need people like you to take care of our loved ones. We are forever grateful’.

Brampton View Care Home

We received the above banner from a local primary school recently. The younger pupils used to visit our residents every Thursday ti share a story, a snack and an activity with them, and all of our residents miss them dearly.

Oxford Beaumont Care Community

Residents are still keeping in touch with family and friends, and even taking part in activities with them. One resident here at Oxford Beaumont was sent some flowers by her sister, and we then organised a Skype video call so they could chat while she was arranging them.

We are able to arrange appointments for Skype calls everyday, so please contact us to organise one if you would like to speak to family or friends who live at Oxford Beaumont.

Latimer Court Care Home
Love the way my Mother is being cared for in Woodbury at Latimer Court! Her carers are passionate about their role and include us as much as they can on WhatsApp video calls with Mom. Missing her so much xxx Thank you ladies for all you do keep up the good work! xx
Ottley House Care Home
I would like to thank Ottley House in Shrewsbury for the fantastic care (as ever) extended to my sister. As a resident she was admitted to hospital and on her return was cared for in isolation for 14 days. I had FaceTime calls and could see the full PPE being used to protect her and her carers. The home and it’s nurses and carers are amazing.