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...

Showing Our Appreciation

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.
Under-8's Donate

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.
Messages of Support

Messages of Support

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.
When You Need a Cuddle

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.
Families Send Messages to their Loved Ones

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.
VE Day Celebrations

VE Day Celebrations

The sun shone and we had a wonderful day celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
Messages to Loved Ones

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.
Embracing Technology

Embracing Technology

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.
Our Heroes Applaud

Our Heroes Applaud

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.
Skype Dates

Skype Dates

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.
Pamper Afternoon at Archview

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.
Residents Send Notes to Loved Ones

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.
Keeping the Connection

Keeping the Connection

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 an
Easter Lockdown Service

Easter Lockdown Service

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.
Residents Create Rainbows of Hope

Residents Create Rainbows of Hope

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.
Friends of Lydfords

Friends of Lydfords

We are living in the most trying and unsure times at present. Thousands of people have lost their lives due to Covid-19, with many, many more at great risk.
A Creative Thank You

A Creative Thank You

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.
One-to-One Activities

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.