Meet our Activities Coordinator, Richard Sweeting

From an early age I have always been involved in my local community. I have lived in the town of Tadcaster all my life, and for 30 years represented the local council, and on two separate occasions have been appointed Town Mayor. I came to work for Barchester in 2001 and it has given me the opportunity to bring the social side of care within my role to a different level.

As a child I was brought up by my grandparents, and as times changed I ended up caring for them. Working in a care home has always played a very special part in my life, with the residents and staff all now being part of my extended family.

We understand that the people we will be supporting will have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we won’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our activities team will be dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events will be organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

Life at Ouse View Care Home

Hymms and prayers for Harvest Festival

Residents and staff took part in Ouse View's very first Harvest Festival, with hymns and prayers enjoyed in the home's cinema room. 'Morning Has Broken', 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter', 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' and others, were followed by a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake on a glorious autumn afternoon.

Activities Coordinator, Richard Sweeting is pictured leading the service, and behind him can be seen the home's Harvest Festival display which is entered into this year's Barchester competition to find the best Harvest display featuring a sourdough basket.

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A Recipe for Life Enrichment

Enriching the life of residents through a fun, engaging and stimulating programme of activities is of paramount importance at Ouse View, and indeed Barchester Healthcare. And rolling (no pun intended) activities, care and nutrition all into one, saw residents enjoy making some delicious home-made tarts during one of the home's regular baking sessions. In the oven they went, ready for afternoon tea and cakes on a gloriously sunny outdoor terrace. It may be October now, but as Pop Larkin used to say, "Perfick!

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'Latte' fun for Residents at Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 25 September is Macmillan Cancer Support's Coffee Morning, and to support this wonderful cause, Ouse View held its very first Bake Off to help raise funds and awareness for the charity's invaluable work.

In the run up to the day, cook books were dusted off, techniques honed, equipment tested, and recipes pored over and meticulously fine-tuned. Things soon became very competitive!

The event raised £70 (and counting) and was a great opportunity for residents to sample some fabulous culinary creations whilst chatting to staff. The eventual Bake Off winner was Head of Housekeeping, Sharon Ward, who is proudly pictured with her winning cupcake entry.”

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Home links with community group

As part of Ouse View's ongoing desire to provide the very best life enrichment programme to its residents, we have partnered with nearby Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Under 'normal' circumstances its Bielby-base provides tours of the centre between 2-4pm on Thursdays, which include a tour of the training facilities + tea and a cake. Virtual sessions are also available, and these include a talk from a trainer (in the presence of a hearing dog) providing insight into how its dogs are trained and the practical applications of that training for deaf people. We're sure that our residents - many of whom will be hard of hearing themselves - will thoroughly enjoy watching the dogs in virtual action, and will find the talks both educational and heartwarming.”

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A meal with a view

A meal with a view, courtesy of alfresco dining at Ouse View.

After a gloriously sunny autumn day, what better way to enjoy a freshly prepared evening meal than sat out on the balcony of one of the home's three dining rooms. There's definitely nothing half-baked about this fine dining experience!”

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Residents enjoy pet therapy

Margery is relaxing on a rainy autumn afternoon with one of Ouse View's popular pet companions - lifelike cats and dogs that look, feel and sound just like the real thing. Tea, cake and engaging time spent with staff who simply love to make residents smile. 'Purrfect'!

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Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.