Meet our Activities Coordinator, Louise Burgess

Hi, my name is Louise and I am Head of Activities here at Lanercost House.  I joined Lanercost House team in 2012, initially as a Care Assistant on our Sycamore unit. During this time, I have worked across the home and I am now excited to be leading the activities team so that I can continue to deliver person-centred activities as part of our life enrichment calendar. I am passionate about my role.  

Activities at Lanercost House

Our dedicated Activities Coordinators offer a wide range of mentally and physically stimulating activities for residents and families to enjoy. There are regular outings in the minibus to places of interest, such as local cafes, garden centres and parks, as well as visits from entertainers, musicians and singers - and also from PAT dogs. We host various events, such as themed days, cheese & wine evenings, in addition to offering one-to-one activity sessions, including pampering, games and puzzles. Our activities staff strive to ensure residents participate in any way they can with activities that reflect their capabilities and interests.

Life at Lanercost House Care Home


Ladies get floral on International Flower Day

The ladies at Lanercost thoroughly enjoyed showing off their green fingers this week to celebrate International Flower day.  Flowers were sourced from a local florist, and the ladies soon got busy with creating their wonderful colourful creations to have on display throughout the home.  The bright and colourful additions lifted everyone’s mood on a cold, wet day.

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Residents enjoy games afternoon

Residents of Lanercost enjoy a varied life enrichment programme tailored to their individual interests, hobbies and needs and a number of Residents joined a socially distanced games afternoon as they showed their competitive sides during a games afternoon.   Residents enjoy their time together and socialising with each other whilst refreshments and a delicious slice of home-made cake is served.

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Keeping active together!

Residents enjoy keeping active together in their popular weekly armchair exercises, each session is great fun and interactive. It's the perfect way to keep moving and have some socialisation. The staff enjoy taking part in these sessions too, this is encouraging for our residents and results in all round fun for everyone!

This week the session was themed to ‘disco music’ and much to everyone’s delight they ended with some impromptu disco dancing, The fun and laughter was a great tonic to the day and leaving everyone in high spirits and looking forward to the next session.

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New Year celebrations

Residents at Lanercost brought in 2021 by enjoying a glass of bubbles before sitting down to enjoy a special lunch prepared by the homes hospitality team.  Everyone tucked into a festive roast with all the trimmings whilst enjoying music gently playing the background.  Throughout lunch the conversations flowed as they each discussed what 2021 holds for everyone one.

The gentleman were suited and booted for the occasion and everyone dressed for the occasion, it was a fabulous day for all.  Residents and staff at Lanercost would like to wish their family, friends and community a very happy, safe 2021!

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Home delighted to be amongst first to receive vaccination

Staff at Barchester’s Lanercost House were delighted to be invited to have the vaccination at their local surgery, which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

 Joy Laws, Physiotherapist assistant at the home said: “Last year was a year like no other and the vaccine feels like the light at the end of the tunnel.  As a team we have been magnificent in how we have risen to every challenge during this pandemic and we are proud to play our part in this next phase to ensure the most vulnerable are protected”.  The home are also proud of Joy who is the oldest staff member within the home being amongst the first to receive the vaccination.

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Meet our Lanercost Guards!

The Lanercost guards are out this year watching over our designated visiting suite spreading a little festive cheer! These 6 foot festive guards were lovingly created by the staff and residents of Lanercost House and are proudly displayed for all to see from our visitor suite, hours of endless fun and creativity went in to making them from scratch and they have been thoroughly appreciated by all who have seen them in raising a smile. From everyone at Lanercost House we wish you a safe and happy 2021.

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