Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alex Downie

I began working for Barchester in 2011 as a night carer. I was then offered the chance to work during the days, which was wonderful, as I had more opportunities to interact with residents - and I always enjoyed painting their nails!

Barchester gave me the incentive to develop myself and attain my NVQ Level 2 & 3, which helped me to understand my role a little better and therefore be able to provide the best care I could.

I sometimes had the opportunity to help out with activities, which I really enjoyed. As a result, a became an Activities Assistant whilst still working as a carer - this was wonderful and I had a real passion for it.

When the Head of Lifestyles position became available, staff and residents were very encouraging of me applying for the role. I was ecstatic when I was offered the job and now very happily provide new, fun and person-centred lifestyle choices for those we support.

I am looking forward to learning about residents' interests and encourage loved ones, staff and residents to give feedback and offer input for what they would like to see going on.

Activities at our home

Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!

Life at our home

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Oasis

On Wednesday 11th April, with the lovely weather, we took a trip to Oasis in Brading. On the way, residents were pointing out places they recognised whilst sharing memories. When we arrived, we all enjoyed looking around the shop.

We then went to the café and all enjoyed a cuppa and slice of cake whilst sharing story’s with each other. When arriving back at the home, residents said how much they enjoyed themselves, which was lovely to hear.

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Memory Games

On Wednesday 11th April, we enjoyed the morning playing a memory game with a beach ball, which is a fun way of sharing memories with each other, as well as being great physical exercise.

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Baking at The Orchard

On Tuesday 10th April, we had a lovely morning making scones whilst enjoying a chat about past baking experiences. Once the scones had cooled down, we all enjoyed a scone and cuppa tea/coffee. We also shared them with the staff in the home, who said they were delicious.

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Bingo!

On Thursday 5th April, we enjoyed an afternoon playing bingo. Residents always look forward to playing and having a chance to win some prizes.

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Arts & Crafts

On Wednesday 4th April, whilst the men enjoyed a movie afternoon, the ladies had fun getting creative by decorating jam jars and turning them into vases. 

On Friday 6th April, we had a relaxing morning making paper flowers to put in our vases. Residents were very proud of their creations and will be using them to brighten up their rooms.

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Men's Movie Afternoon

On Wednesday 4th April, we had a men’s movie afternoon whilst enjoying a beer and nibbles. 

Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a nutritious lunch.

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Monthly Coffee Mornings

Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and delicious cakes in our café area in reception.

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Need a venue?

We have a well-equipped room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 01983 623 219

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

All other calls 01983 520 022

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