Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure are a major focus of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat is always be welcomed.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Herne Place Care Home

We are a top 20 care home!

We are delighted to announce that Herne Place has been named as one of the top 20 care homes in South East England by Carehome.co.uk. A huge congratulations to everyone who has made this possible!

Carehome.co.uk is an online care home directory that collects recommendations about homes across the UK and rates them in order to assist people looking for good quality care services in their search for the ideal care home.

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Doing the Robot

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Herne Place care home in Herne Bay were treated to a talk about robots past, present and future by V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.  The presentation forms part of a series of six talks and virtual tours that V&A Dundee is hosting for Barchester Healthcare’s care homes and private hospitals across the UK.

V&A Dundee is Scotland’s design museum, it showcases Scotland’s outstanding design achievements and features world-class exhibitions alongside the permanent Scottish Design Galleries, and a changing programme of commissions, events and activities.  

Kirsty’s presentation spanned many years, from robots’ early beginnings as the stuff of pure science fiction, it traced our fascination of all things wired and wonderful and moved on to cover how robots are helping people all around the world and even shaping our future.

“Love them or loathe them, robots are here to stay!  This exhibition asks some very provocative questions about our relationships with our mechanical friends. I was delighted to be able to share it with Barchester’s residents and answer some of their questions on how robots’ capabilities are developing,” Kirsty said.

Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, commented: ““We have been using technology to keep our residents and patients connected with their loved ones as well as offer virtual events, entertainment and activities throughout the pandemic.  We are excited to work with our wonderful partners like V&A Dundee to bring a wide range of fantastic experiences into our homes for all to enjoy.

“Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and socially connected, providing a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities,” Lucy added.

Acting General Manager, Sophie Betts, said: “Our residents were fascinated to learn so much about robots and to find out about where the industry is going.  It is absolutely mind-boggling to think what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future!”

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Take a walk on the wild side

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Herne Place care home in Herne Bay were treated to an exciting live streaming tour and talk about Dartmoor Zoological Society, hosted by Education and Research Manager, Francesca Canale-Dow.

Created in the 1960’s as a private exotic animal collection, the Zoo fell into disrepair and was threatened with closure in 2006. Along came Benjamin Mee, who with his family bought the site and set about creating the Zoo as it is today.  In 2014, the Mee family kindly donated Dartmoor Zoological Park to Dartmoor Zoological Society (DZS).  The charity is responsible for the care of the animal collection as well as conservation, breeding and research projects.

Francesca’s tour explained about life at Dartmoor Zoo so residents could find out what it is like to work in such a demanding yet rewarding world.  The talk focused on the Zoo’s beautiful tigers, Dragan and Alisha.  Although not related, Dragan and Alisha were both born in 2014 and were hand reared together in Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, they came to Dartmoor Zoo in June 2016 at the age of 18 months.

Residents were able to see the tigers being trained and ask the trainers questions about how they go about looking after them, their daily routines and breeding programme, what they like to eat and do and what happens if they get ill and need care.

Francesca says: “We really enjoyed being able to show the Barchester residents some of the fantastic animals we have at Dartmoor Zoo, we are very proud of the work our brilliant teams do here.  We were just so happy to be able to share our passion for wildlife conservation and answer all the residents’ questions.”

Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, commented: “We have been using technology to keep our residents and patients connected with their loved ones as well as offer live streaming events, entertainment and activities throughout the pandemic.  We are excited to work with our amazing partners like Dartmoor Zoo to bring a wide range of different experiences into our homes for all to enjoy, particularly as this talk provided such a lovely opportunity to see the animals and learn all about them.

“Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and socially connected, providing a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities,” Lucy added.

Acting General Manager, Sophie Betts, said: “Our residents are fascinated by animals and so we were delighted to be able to watch the tigers being trained and to get to know their personalities.  It was brilliant to be able to ask Francesca and the team questions about their experiences of working with the animals.”

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Three Lions On A Shirt

Residents and staff at Herne Place care home in Herne Bay have been cheering on their home sides throughout the Euros.  The home has been decked out with flags and residents have been enjoying all the action over the past four weeks.  Everyone at the home has loved seeing Gareth’s boys progress so far.

Fans of the beautiful game at Herne Place care home were delighted to be able to watch this year’s fixtures after the disappointment of last year’s tournament having to be postponed.  Residents and staff have had a brilliant time getting together to watch the matches and celebrate with a cold beer and footie-inspired bar snacks whipped up by the chef.

Sophie Betts, Acting General Manager at the home, said: “We have loved watching the Euros, we have watched pretty much all the matches – lots of our residents are footie fans.  It has been fantastic to be able to cheer on all the home sides and especially England, we did amazingly well to get to the final.”

A resident commented: “Although we didn’t win tonight, it has been a brilliant few weeks of football.  The lads did us proud and made it all the way to the final, they played their hearts out.  At least we haven’t got long to wait until the World Cup next year!”

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SEA LIFE TRUST’S PUFFIN RESCUE CENTRE

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Herne Place care home in Herne Bay were treated to a virtual tour of the wonderful world of SEA LIFE Trust’s Puffin Rescue Centre at the Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland, hosted by General Manager, Audrey Padgett and her expert team.

 

Audrey’s presentation took residents behind the scenes at the Puffin Rescue Centre and showcased the work that the animal care team do every day to rescue the Atlantic puffins and keep them safe.  Her talk covered the life of puffins in the wild, the puffling rescue programme in Westman Islands where the Rescue Centre is based and how the team nurture these charismatic little birds and rehabilitate them back into the wild.   

 

Audrey says: “It was wonderful to be able to show the Barchester residents around our Puffin Rescue Centre here at SEA LIFE Trust and to share the important work our brilliant teams do.  We were so happy to be able to shine a light on our unique world here and our experiences of working with these beautiful birds.”

 

Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, commented: “We have been using technology to keep our residents and patients connected with their loved ones as well as offer virtual events, entertainment and activities throughout the pandemic.  We are excited to work with our amazing partners like SEA LIFE Trust to bring a wide range of fantastic experiences into our homes for all to enjoy, particularly as this talk provided such a lovely opportunity to see the puffins and pufflings up close and learn all kinds of fascinating facts about them.

“Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and socially connected, providing a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities,” Lucy added.

Acting General Manager, Sophie Betts, said: “Our residents love finding out about new things and they are all especially interested in animals so we were delighted to be able to watch this presentation.  We had so many questions, it was brilliant to be able to ask Audrey and her team all about the conservation work they do with the puffins.”

Virtual tours to the Puffin Rescue Centre are available weekly.  For more details and to check future availability visit  https://belugasanctuary.sealifetrust.org/en/tickets/virtual-visit-puffins-online/

SEA LIFE Trust is an amazing charity.  To find out about supporting their vital work through fundraising or donating, here is the link to their Just Giving Campaign https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Belugas

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Green Fingers

Residents at Wilsmere House enjoyed Gardening Week and potting plants.