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
Relaxing games on Boxing Day
Once the festivities were over, Residents enjoy a more relaxing time on Boxing day with a games afternoon. Small socially distanced groups settled themselves throughout the home to enjoy a selection of games, from cards, dominoes or those simply finding all the pieces to complete a jigsaw whilst gentle music played in the background.
Local schools share a little festive cheer
Residents of Lethen Park are delighted they have been able to keep in touch via virtual activities and letters with their friends in the community during these challenging few months. Residents always enjoy looking at the letters and cards which they receive and Christmas was no different when they received cards from local primary schools and the nearby Academy. Everyone enjoys reading the cards and Residents are busy writing their replies!
Lethen Park commemorated Remembrance Day, where they joined the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11am.
As well as marking Remembrance Day by wearing poppies and watching the televised service, for one resident it was poignant day to remember time spent fighting for his country and remember colleagues who died in the line of duty.
Barchester’s Lethen Park was a den of ghoulish activity as the home’s spooky Halloween party got in to full swing.
Staff, residents and guests got in to the spirit of things with fancy dress, music and games, it was a fun-filled day for all!
General Manager, Anita Rowley cackled: “Our residents and staff love an opportunity to dress up and what better time of the year to do this than Halloween? We’ve had a whole range of tricks and treats for the people that live here and and we have all really enjoyed every moment of it!”
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.