Meet our Activities Coordinators, Tracy & Zoe

Tracy (left) and Zoe comprise the activities team here at St Thomas. Tracy joined us in January 2020 as the Activity Lead and has a wealth of experience in working with residents living with dementia.

Tracy and Zoe are passionate about enriching the lives of our residents, and involving the rest of the team at St Thomas, as well as relatives and visitors to the tome.

Activities at St Thomas

Our activities coordinator is dedicated to organising meaningful activities on an individual and group basis to fulfill the daily needs of our residents, as we understand how important mental and physical stimulation is for their wellbeing. Our activities are available to everyone who wants to take part and there is something different going on everyday. We often go out on day trips including visiting shopping centres, garden centres, evening meals at the local pubs, visits to local schools and also coffee mornings with other care homes. We have a wide range of entertainers that visit us at our home including musical therapists, Millers Ark Farm, pantomimes as well as our local salvation army and lots more. We encourage families to join us on trips out and also in home activities such as baking, arts and crafts, dancing and singing, we believe this is a great way for our residents to live an active and fun life here with us at St Thomas.

Life at St Thomas Care Home

St Thomas are the winners in the Big Barchester Easter Quiz!

We got ready for Easter by joining a virtual afternoon of chocolate-fuelled fun along with the staff and residents at over seventy Barchester care homes across the south of England, Jersey and the Isle of Wight and much to everyone’s delight we won!

Our staff and residents put on their best Easter bonnets and broke out the Easter eggs for an afternoon of fun activities culminating in the Barchester Big Easter Quiz when they linked up with all the other Barchester homes in the south of the country.  When they weren’t quizzing, residents enjoyed a feast of seasonal Easter dishes prepared by the home’s chef.

General Manager, Fatmata Cochrane said: “Now that we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel following what has been a year like no other for our residents and staff, we wanted to ensure our Easter celebrations were an extra special treat.  ‘Meeting up’ with the other homes virtually has given everyone such a boost, we’re so grateful to our brilliant Managing Director, Natasha Lazovic, for organising this event and for all her support.  We’ve all had so much fun letting our hair down, everyone really enjoyed the afternoon.”

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Our residents will be the Judges!

We are running a photography competition on our Facebook page for spring nature themed photos which residents will judge and announce the winner on 7th May, please email your entry to us at stthomas@barchester.com, there is a lovely prize for the winner!

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We are on Facebook!

We are delighted our Facebook page, @Barchesterstthomas is now up and running with regular posts about upcoming events and life in our home photos, take a look now!

Indoor visiting starts at St Thomas's!

For residents at St Thomas care home the long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality, as one single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.

Madge a resident at St Thomas, was delighted to see her daughter, Doreen, on Mother’s Day. Doreen commented: “I have just had a bedroom visit with my mum, we’ve had a lovely time and even done a Zoom call to America. It was so nice to get close to her and I can go home contented.”

General Manager, Fatmata Cochrane said: “We’ve all had a really lovely day. This is the first cautious step towards having a buzz of visitors in the home again. It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives. We have a great booking system in place to ensure the visits are well organised, and visitors are doing a great job of following the safety measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.  For those that are not able to come inside the home we are pleased to be able to continue to offer visits in our visiting suites, as well as video calls.”

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St Patrick's Day

We all enjoyed the Guinness tasting on St Patrick's Day together with a celebration of Irish tales and songs. The conservatory was decorated with lots of green and white balloons and the Leprechaun pictures were the subject of much discussion - would he really lead us to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? 

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Mother's Day

Residents enjoyed a lively lunch on Sunday in the conservatory, we always offer a glass of wine with meals and it was lovely to see residents relax and socialise with their meal the room all decorated for the occasion with fresh flowers. In the afternoon we also had a special cream tea, calories don't count on Sunday's!  

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Upcoming events

Gentleman's Club - Every Tuesday afternoon

All our Gentleman residents are invited join our weekly Tuesday afternoon “Gentleman's Club” at 2:30pm for good company and conversation

Queen Elizabeth's Birthday - Wednesday 21st April

Celebrations for Her Majesty include watching Trooping of the Colour parade from the past with the home colourfully decorated & a delicious cream tea

St George's Day - Friday 23rd April

The dress code for the day is BLUE! Join in the celebrations with dance, residents favourite songs and traditional British fare 

Virtual visit to the Zoo - Tuesday 27th April

Residents have been virtually invited to go to Five Sister's Zoo! We can learn more about their conservation work and meet the animals

International Jazz Day - Friday 30th April

Residents will be celebrating everything that's Jazz! Enjoying the movie Chicago and perhaps a prohibition cocktail or two 

'Happy Hour' with Famima

Fatima, our new General Manager is delighted to be opening the 'St Thomas' bar every Friday from 9th April from 11.30 for pre dinner drinks and nibbles with residents.