Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jessica Jones BA (Hons)

Hello, my name is Jess and I’m the new Activities Coordinator here at Rhiwlas. I joined the team in September 2020 after spending a year specialising in residential and dementia care. I understand the significance of having an activity leader build a strong and trusting relationship with the residents, their families and their friends, as this enables us to tailor activities based on their needs and personal preference to ensure a stimulating and sociable place to call home.

Given my studies in Fine Art and English Literature at degree level and Extended Qualification Project in Art Therapy I am able to offer a wide range of creative outlets, but also offer a wide variety of others activities to tend the mind, body and soul of the residents. After my time spent as Ward Activities at Aintree University Hospital under PARTIA (Promoting Art In Aintree), I have seen the wonderful atmosphere created with activities and events and the unequivocal effect they have on the service users wellbeing. I wish to continue that bright and productive atmosphere which will allow everyone to take many positives from their time with Barchester.

Activities at Rhiwlas

Our Activities Coordinators are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of those we support, and are instrumental in ensuring that Rhiwlas receives good press coverage, mostly due to our involvement with local schools and churches.

We often arrange parties, social group activities and networking within the community in order to enhance the social lives of residents. Needs are met by residents participating in activities of their choice, including pet therapy, arts and crafts, sensory and music therapy, live entertainment, trips out to theatres, shopping, lunches, football matches and visits to garden centres. We also have a monthly quiz that is run and organised by a resident, and we often have a competition between staff, relatives and residents.

We aim to encourage family and friend participation and support for those who live here on special occasions, such as Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, anniversaries, birthdays and Valentine’s Day.

Life at Rhiwlas Care Home


Residents benefit weekly by taking part in ‘Calming Colouring’ sessions, a proven therapeutic means of expression to alleviate anxiety and associated restlessness and cultivate a tranquillity in any given space. Here residents engage with a variety of designs based on their mood, capability and preference with a variety of resources that best fit their needs and ability as well as providing valuable social time with other attendees that benefit from this creative pastime.

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Resident appreciates our Nurses

This beautiful knitted nurse was made in its entirety by Rhiwlas resident Joan, whose passion for knitting and appreciation for the hard working staff came together to form a series of bespoke knitted dolls

A Very Special Wedding Guest

Resident’s needs are at the forefront of everything we do, keeping up with correspondence is really important and finding a method that works for residents and their family and friends has been challenging but worthwhile as we’ve been able to continue virtual social interactions throughout the home. We offer phone consultations and live video calls which have been vital for comforting and reassuring for everyone’s wellbeing.        

We have had the pleasure of attending a live wedding over Zoom all the way from Omagh, USA which involved family from all over the globe being together virtually and all from the comfort of one very excited Great Aunt’s bedroom. We celebrated her niece’s matrimony with roses and a spot of cake and would like to wish Madi and Alex all the best for a long and happy marriage from all of us here at Barchester. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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Autumn Leaves

Residents have made so much beautiful autumnal artwork this week that we held our own pop up gallery to display sensational seasons colours in the comfort of our home.

Rhiwlas care home harvest treats by barchester health care wales

Harvest Heaven

Happy Harvest to everyone! Here at Rhiwlas we’ve been celebrating in style with a plethora of games and activities: including some of our favourites such as fishing for apples, hitting the piñata, knocking down the cans, pass the parcel, bingo and ‘guess how many’ competitions. All entertainment was accompanied by beautiful seasonal produce and bakes and homemade hot apple cider, made by our very own talented chefs, to really keep that party spirit going into the evening. Thank you for all attendees and helpers that really made for a special day!

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Advice to the Young at Heart

The Rhiwlas residents wanted to offer their words of wisdom to anyone who’s perhaps a little nervous about their return back to work or school and could use some advice from the ones who have seen it all before. So don’t you worry, because here we have life experience by the bucket load and wanted to share with all of you the ‘keep calm and carry on attitude’ that’s always worked for us. We’re all in this together. #staysafe

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

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