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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Babs Spear

Babs was previously the Head of Activities & Physiotherapy here at Tyspane, but now works only as the Physio Assistant.

Her main interests are keeping fit and she spends a lot of her spare time as a fitness instructor, holding various classes around the local community.

In 2016, she was awarded the 'Devon Best Practice Award' for her flexicise class. She owns our three 'paper dogs' – her three Maltese – who deliver papers with her in the morning.

She is band 4 in physio and really tries to make residents' days fun; she very much believes in the 'if you don’t use it, you lose it' mentality, so she always encourages residents to participate, regardless of mobility concerns, because everyone is able to do something! 

Activities at our home

Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.

Life at our home

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Getting the Residents Moving

Our physiotherapy therapy team love a challenge; Tyspane can offer a daily programme of intensive physiotherapy to aid recovery from accidents, strokes and other physically challenging conditions.

Rob Hopkins, Physiotherapist, and Babs Spear, Physio Assistant, have risen to the challenge recently for a married couple with completely different physical disabilities, who are pictured above completing their daily routine with Rob.

Babs also runs weekly physio classes for all the residents at the home.

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Taking a Dive

Care Practitioner, Abi, and one of her oldest friends, Paul, would like to raise £1000 for the North Devon Hospice by throwing themselves out of a plane at 1500 ft; not only to honour her husband, Barrie's, memory but to make sure that this incredible charity can continue to make such a difference to people’s lives and enable them to continue the amazing work that they do.

Abi is pictured with Tyspane, resident, Mrs Lusty, who is one of the many people that she cares for at the home.

So, please dig deep and donate by clicking here.  

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Tyspane Art Group

Residents at Tyspane meet weekly and enjoy an art session run by local artist, Jean Leadbeater. Jean is very familiar with the home, as Tyspane cared for her husband, Brian, and Jean herself also spent some time as a resident recuperating after an operation. 

Jean commented, saying that, “it is so important to keep an active mind and to find new interests, especially in later life. Art is a medium that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter what their ability is.  It’s lovely to see the residents enjoying themselves; they really engage with each other and are often surprised at just what they can achieve."

We have a selection of residents' art work, which has been framed and is on display around the home for all the residents and visitors to enjoy.

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February Employee of the Month

David Brooke, Tyspane's Maintenance Manager, has been named as February's Employee of The Month. David received the most votes from residents and members of staff. 

He was nominated because he always tries to help, no matter how busy he is and goes above and beyond to support staff and residents. 

Operations Manager, Lesley Cole, is pictured presenting David with his award. 

Thank you, David!

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10 Years at Tyspane

Care Assistant, Karin Burgess, has completed 10 years of service at Tyspane. She is pictured here receiving her award from Lesley Cole, Operations Manager, who thanked her for her loyalty and hard work. Karin received vouchers, flowers and a gold Barchester leaf pin.

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Life at Tyspane

We've been keeping ourselves very busy recently at Tyspane. We've had Christmas party entertainment from the multi-talented rock 'n' roll band, The Grumpy Old Men, along with other entertainment from visiting handbell ringers, a ladies choir and singer, Tamsin Ball. Santa Claus himself also paid us a visit on Christmas Day.

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