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...

Hunters Care Home

During these difficult times, we know at Hunters how important it is to keep up morale amongst the residents. This week, we made use of Skype to relay a singalong with the Mind Song music charity into the lounge for the residents to enjoy.  

The activity staff worked with Mitch from Mind Song to make sure that everyone had a really enjoyable afternoon. The session was ended with a very patriotic rendition of 'We’ll Meet Again' accompanied by plenty of Union Jack waving.

Braeburn Lodge Care Home

Well done to everyone. I need to mention Braeburn Lodge in Deeping St James, keeping my mum safe and giving her the best care.

Ochil Care Home

Residents at Ochil recently enjoyed an egg-stravaganza from the local community, who treated the residents to an early ‘Easter bunny’ when they were surprised by the generosity of their local Morrison’s store, who kindly delivered Easter eggs for every resident and staff member, and it meant such a lot, as visitors are currently not able to visit the home at this time.

Balclutha Court Care Home

Balclutha Court is helping to tackle any feelings of isolation during this period within their own community. Assistance for residents to use iPads, Skype, Facebook and Facetime is being encouraged and facilitated by care workers as a way to reach out to families, friends and loved ones during these isolating times. Residents have also been writing down their messages to share to their families in the traditional way of putting pen to paper!

Activities Coordinator, Karen Dillon, has encouraged and helped residents to create and then write their messages on to for friends and family to read, this has been heart-warming for the residents, bringing smiles and a sense of comfort to them, knowing their families are safe and well.

We wanted to make it even more personal to the residents' families and have been emailing photographs with personal messages from individual residents to their own individual families. Our residents have thoroughly enjoyed spending one-to-one interaction with the activity team to come up with these personal messages to send to their families.

Wimborne Care Home

To the wonderful team at Wimborne on Hayling Island. Working so hard and looking after the residents

Springvale Court Care Home

Residents of Springvale Court enjoyed an afternoon of grins with a live music performance that took place at the home. Local vocalist, Michaela Marshall of Musical Memories, performed a selection of classic hits in the home's car park with her special backing group—the staff—to the delight of residents watching from windows!

Residents joined in with the singing, and clapped along as the band performed their finale song. The hospitality team at the home also provided a spread of sweet treats for guests to enjoy during the show. 

Our residents had a wonderful day singing along with the wonderful performer and had a good old giggle watching us. We do our best to provide a wide range of activities and entertainment as part of the lifestyle enrichment programme for residents, and this was one of our favourites!

Tyspane Care Home

Thank you to everyone at Tyspane for looking after my Gran. You are doing an amazing job at keeping the residents safe.

Marple Dale Care Home

To combat loneliness and isolation, staff at Marple Dale reached out to the community as part of their extended social network to seek pen-pals of all ages to remain connected during the current coronavirus crisis. 

Residents were delighted to receive colourful pictures and letters delivered to the home. Thank you for adding a little colour and sunshine to our residents' days and for your heartfelt message. It was very touching to receive such nice letters from the children.

It is amazing how a simple letter, short story, poem or even a photo or drawing can brighten someone’s day. The residents of Marple Dale will reply as part of our busy social activity sessions.    We are happy to receive things via post, which can be sent to directly to the home, or you can email us directly at marpledale.activities@barchester.com.                                                                 

Springvale Court Care Home

Springvale Court is helping to tackle any feelings of isolation during this period within their own community. Assistance for residents to use iPads, Skype, Facebook and FaceTime is being encouraged and facilitated by care workers as a way to reach out to families, friends and loved ones during these isolating times. The team are helping residents to create cards for them to write their messages on to for friends and family to read.

Loneliness can be a big problem for elderly people, and communicating with others is key to maintaining happy residents in a happy home. Our doors are usually always open to visitors but at this time we are in lockdown like everyone else ,and so communication & keeping in touch however we can is paramount.

Crabwall Hall Care Home

Some of our residents like to get creative with pencils and paints, so we printed off template rainbows for our residents to colour in to display in their windows and around the home.

Many of our residents know the significance of the colourful pictures from watching the daily news on the coronavirus and the little ways that people and children are trying to cheer each other up in their local communities.

Bloomfield Care Centre

Residents at Bloomfield recently enjoyed the spring time sunshine in the garden. Whilst practicing safe distancing, refreshments were served while Activities Coordinators at the home supported the residents by playing ball games to improve physicality and well-being.

In these unprecedented times, providing a range of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities for our residents is more important than ever. Our residents really enjoyed the activity and fun was had by all. Our varied life enrichment programme for residents includes ways to stay in contact with relatives digitally, such as through Skype, and we have new ways to keep residents active, whilst ensuring that the group activities are smaller, adhering to social distancing advice.

Balclutha Court Care Home

Had a lovely video call this morning. It helps so much to be able to see and talk to dad during these difficult days. Thank you so much. To the staff and management in Balclutha - you are all beyond amazing. Thank you so much for all you do for your residents and families every single day but especially just now. Heroes.

Threshfield Court Care Home

Residents of Threshfield Court have been busy making rainbows, which they have displayed at the entrance of the home. Resident, Alec, was also delighted to read correspondence and art work from some of the home's local schools: Upper Wharfedale School and Grassington and Cracoe Primary School. Alec really enjoyed his time looking and reading all the correspondence. It truly is community spirit at its finest.

The idea is that 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.

Sherwood Court Care Home

Residents of Sherwood Court have been busy making rainbows, which they have displayed on windows throughout the home in recognition of the NHS and all the care key-workers out there. 

The idea is that 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.

Lynde House Care Home

Could you please thank the member of your fantastic staff that enabled me to speak to my beloved auntie via skype. My connection dropped out before I could say thank you in person for facilitating the call. That member of staff will never know how much that meant to me and my children. Thank you all.

Reigate Beaumont Care Home

Hazel enjoyed playing the piano in our main lounge wearing a protective mask. Despite all that is going on around us, the residents keep their spirits up and keep doing what they enjoy while also bringing pleasure to others (within an ear shot).

Maple Leaf Lodge Care Home

How do you celebrate your 66th wedding anniversary when the world is in lockdown? On Friday 27th March, the dining room was turned into Skegness (or any other beach for that matter) for the day. We had real sand, sun and the sea, and, of course, some seagulls were never too far away.  

Residents Ron and Rose celebrated in style with other residents. We had ice creams and singalongs and sand castles. It was nice to see the residents happy!

Sherwood Lodge Care Home

Residents and colleagues at Sherwood Lodge were delighted to answer the door to accept a special delivery from their local food outlet, Zebra. The boxes were filled with fresh produce of fruit and vegetables for everyone to enjoy during this difficult period.

On behalf of Sherwood Lodge, residents and colleagues would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty, and hope everyone stays safe and well.