Celebrating life at Barchester

We celebrate life through everything we do, from our thoughtful experiences and activities to our delicious food. We offer the latest technology as well as sensory engagement to nurture the wellbeing of our residents. With a wide variety of tailored activities and events we make sure our residents have the best physical, mental, spiritual and social stimulation, all bespoke to them. Take a look at what we’ve been up to…

Laurel Bank Care Home

Keep Smiling Through

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

Showing Our Appreciation

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

Under-8's Donate

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.

Kernow House Care Home

When You Need a Cuddle

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

Ashlar House

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

Families Send Messages to their Loved Ones

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

VE Day Celebrations

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

Messages to Loved Ones

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

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.

Archview Lodge Care Home

Pamper Afternoon at Archview

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

Boroughbridge Manor

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

Residents Send Notes to Loved Ones

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

Ashlar House

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.

The Cedars Bourne Care Home

The Cedars

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

One-to-One Activities

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

Over the Rainbow

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

Clapping for Carers

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

A 'Thank You' from the Police

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.