Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jackee Tocher
I started my life at Barchester as a Care Assistant in 2016 before moving into my current role. I work to give residents the best possible experience in the home. I am here to ensure that they enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. I am keen to learn residents' preferences, so that I can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities.
Activities at our home
Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.
Life at Lethen Park Care Home
Resident recognised for services in WW2
Resident, Jim Gordon has been recognised for his services during WW2 and was recently presented with is award by the British Legion, during which a bagpiper played. Residents of the home watched the short ceremony in the homes garden.
For some residents at Lethen Park care home the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment behind the scenes at Barchester Healthcare, who run Lethen Park care home. Social distancing was still in place, and homes that are able to take part must have a large accessible garden.
It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart for so long following strict government guidance. Residents and their loved ones got together in the home garden and the garden was fully of joy and chatter.
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 and audio books to keep them stimulated and active during this current period.
It is vitally important that we ensure that our residents can remain in contact with their family and friends during this time. New technology is great for this purpose, but of course, a good old fashioned letter is just as welcome!
Staying In Touch
Residents at Lethen Park have been hard at work creating cards to send to their loved ones as a surprise. They decorated the front and written personalised messages on the inside. They have also had great fun posing for pictures with our love message board, which will be printed and put inside the cards.
Residents have also been making use of Skype and Facetime so that they can video call their relatives – although some weren’t too sure about the new technology!
General Manager, Anita Rowley said “It is vitally important that we ensure that our residents can remain in contact with their family and friends during this time. New technology is great for this purpose, but of course a good old fashioned letter is just as welcome!”
Bumper Egg’stravganza for Residents
The Easter bunny arrived for Residents of Lethen Park when they were surprised by the generosity of their local community. Jackee Tocher, activities coordinator and colleagues were on hand to accept the boxes filled with a selection of eggs all shapes and sizes sure to satisfy any chocolate lover!
General Manager, Anita Rowley said: “As always we looked forward to Easter. It’s such a nice time of the year – the residents loved all the colourful Easter eggs and we made Easter extra special for our residents during this challenging period for everyone, It was an eggs-cellent day!”
Words of Wisdom
With the outbreak of the virus keeping entertainers and visitors away from the home, the residents have been enjoying a full programme of activities, alongside learning modern technology with Facetime and Skype calls to family and friends. Residents have been enjoying the garden and some much-needed spring sunshine. Activities have been taking place outside and the home have been delighted in receiving letters from the community.
They have also been creating their own messages to share. Residents drew round their hands which they then coloured and attached the sun. The messages are now displayed on the window so the community can see as they walk by.