Meet our Activities Coordinator, Elizabeth Cairns

Liz is the creative, bright spark in the team. She always has a smile for everybody and nothing is ever too much trouble. Her previous role was as an Academic Coordinator in a kindergarten in Cambodia and she has brought her colourful, beautiful displays with her to Laurel Bank!

Her cheery demeanour brightens up the home and she loves finding new ways to entertain the residents here!

Activities at Laurel Bank

Activities are a fundamental part of a rich and varied lifestyle here at Laurel Bank Care Home, which is why we organise both physically and mentally stimulating social events for those we support. The weekly itinerary is ever-changing, and regularly includes art lessons, chair-based exercise, trips and visits from a variety of different animals, as well as one-to-one time for residents who prefer the peace and quiet. Our team actively tries to incorporate the hobbies and interests that are meaningful to residents into the activities schedule as encouragement to continue with much-loved pastimes.

Life at Laurel Bank Care Home

Recognising colleagues

Here at Laurel Bank in Lancaster we are showing our appreciation to our colleagues as part of auxiliary week to recognise their commitment and hard-work.  Thank you for all that you do!

Steiner school pupils visit

Residents of Laurel Bank were delighted to welcome pupils from Lancaster Steiner School for a visit into the garden.  The pupils put on an amazing performance as they danced around the maypole, as Residents clapped and cheered from the side lines before everyone settled down in the afternoon sunshine to enjoy refreshing smoothies.  It was a lovely afternoon for all and we look forward to our friends from the school returning soon!



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Nutrition and Hydration Week

We celebrated Nutrition and Hydration Week in style with a variety of delicious and healthy meals and beverages, alongside engaging activities.

During the week, our talented chef prepared nutritious sweet and savoury treats, super snacks, smoothies and fruit salads.

Our residents got involved in food tasting and cocktail making activities, cookery sessions and we all had fun submitting our entries for the Nutrition and Hydration competition, organised by Barchester’s Hospitality Team.

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Happy Carers Week!

Happy Carers Week. We would like to take this great opportunity to recognise and thank our wonderful carers at Laurel Bank in Lancaster.

We are proud of each and every one of our care team for the outstanding care that they provide to our residents every single day. They always go above and beyond their role and for this we are truly grateful.

Our carers received numerous donations and gifts from local organisations and businesses and lovely thank you cards from our community members, relatives and friends.

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Residents go on virtual tour of Cathedral

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Laurel Bank were invited to a virtual tour and talk about the wonders of Hereford Cathedral led by a team of staff and volunteers who look after the magnificent cathedral building.

Hereford is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in England.  The site of the cathedral has been a place of worship since the 8th Century, the date the cathedral was founded is thought to be 696 and religious services have taken place since medieval times. 

Residents were invited to join the team from Hereford Cathedral as they were given a glimpse of the spectacular building and its treasures as they were taken on a tour of the site. From the stunning gardens which lead down to the River Wye, to the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, the virtual visit shared the history and beauty of the historic building.

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National Volunteers Week

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, we spent some time acknowledging the fantastic contribution that volunteers make to our community.

To recognise our hard-working volunteers and to say thank you, we prepared goody bags along with certificates to be delivered to our local volunteers’ organisations as a token of appreciation including our beloved PAT dog, Aggy and her owner Jo.

We’ve had many volunteers throughout the years and we are grateful for all they have done and continue doing for us and we’ve been lucky this week to interview for volunteers from Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Lancaster Girls Grammar School as part of our residents befriending service. Thank you.

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Upcoming events

June 2021 - Highlights

Our residents are looking forward to June's fun - take a peek at our Life Enrichment programme highlights.

3 week's for the price of 2 respite

If you or someone you know are looking for care or a little care break try our 3 weeks for the price of 2!

Tea and a Tour

Tea and a Tour

Our General Manager and team would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of our home.