Activities at Tyspane Care 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.

Enriching life
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Jacqui Conroy

Activities Coordinator

Jacqui and her team devise and plan fun group activities and events for all our residents, including pamper days, gentle exercise classes and music therapies. Regular one to one sessions and smaller groups are tailored to residents specific needs and hobbies with gardening and crafts amongst the most popular.

Life-encriching activities booklet

Read our brochure 'Life-enriching activities' for more information about life in our care homes.
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Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Tyspane Care Home

Love In Venice – An Evening With Andre Rieu

Tonight, at Tyspane Care Home, residents gathered in the lounge to celebrate Patricia and her wish to spend an evening being entertained by the famous Andre Rieu. The atmosphere was electric as Andre put on an extra special festive an unforgettable anniversary concert. 

Love In Venice is an evening full of wonderful Italian music, world hits like Funiculi Funicula, Tiritomba and Vieni sul mar and fabulous operative arias.

Patricia said, “Thank you this is amazing, Andre performing the Viennese waltz was incredible.”

Noreen replied, “I loved it all.”

Bobbie agreed but said, “I like the fancy cakes best.”

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In support of International Museum Day

International Museum Day (IMD) is celebrated annually on or around May 18. Since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organised this day to pay tribute to the international museum community. It’s a unique moment for museums worldwide, where they plan creative events and activities related to the IMD theme, engage with the public, and highlight the crucial role of museums in serving society and development.

So, in support of International Museum Day, Tyspane Care Home visited the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. The museum aims to preserve the rich history of the people and landscapes of North Devon. The staff and volunteers at the museum were amazing and made us all feel extremely welcome, they chatted to residents and offered support when necessary.

Molly stated, “It has been a wonderful morning, I have fully enjoyed myself.”

Mary replied, “So have I and I really enjoyed the shop.” “The exhibition on Devonian Monsters was most spectacular if not a little scary!”

A massive thank you to everyone who made this trip happen, it was truly wonderful.

A Special Day for Geoff

At Tyspane Care Home we value the experiences and life stories of every person in our care, and learn so much from discussing their lifetime hobbies and achievements. One of the ways to find out about our residents is to spend time with them and their families completing our Get To Know Me booklets. It was while completing Geoff's Get To Know Me Booklet that he stated he was missing his hometown, especially being able to watch his favourite Birmingham City Football Club (The Blues) play live football on the weekend. As a  'Brummie' Blues fans see themselves as one big community, one large family and as a result attending football matches on a regular basis is akin to meeting family and friends. Another ritual for Geoff when he attended the Blues stadium was to buy a burger and onions at half time, this was almost a religious experience, a soulful accompaniment to watching the football. He stated that when you eat a tasty dish at a stadium that day becomes more than just about the scoreline.

As a result of hearing Geoff's wishes Tyspane Care Home Activities discussed with  Amy Austin  (Chef and Hospitality) whether a special meal could be created to rekindle Geoff's memories of being at Birmingham City Football Stadium, eating his favourite half time food of a burger and onions with lots of tomato sauce washed down with his favourite tipple!

Geoff was salivating at the thought of his burger and onions and could not contain his excitement when it arrived. He felt so happy he was compelled to tell a joke;

"A man spots a sign in a grocery store stating helicopter crisps for sale. He enters the building and asks to buy a packet of helicopter crisps. The shop keeper stated he could not buy a packet as they only had plain (plane) ones left."

Whilst chatting and eating Geoff was elated and stated he couldn't wait to come to the activities lounge to participate in his other passion of bingo.


Five Star Hospitality for St George’s Day

“At Tyspane Care Home we have a fantastic Hospitality Team, they are always on hand to ensure that our residents can enjoy the best dining experience in a welcoming and pleasurable environment. Providing excellent hospitality within Tyspane Care Home is vital for the well-being of residents, families and friends. Therefore, it is wonderful to welcome Amy Austin as Chef and Hospitality at Tyspane Care Home. Amy is to an established Chef and outstanding individual who demonstrates passion, commitment and the teamwork needed to make a real difference to those living within our home.”

Aime Bown – General Manager


Amy Austin has shown her skills today by creating a special menu for residents, friends, family and staff to celebrate St George’s Day. St George became a legendary figure in English history due to his courage and bravery despite never setting foot in England! The country adopted him as its patron saint, with April 23rd being chosen as the date of celebration to mark his death.

Amy created bespoke recipes taken from traditional English dishes after reading the Spring Activities Team newsletter. Residents couldn’t believe their eyes as she served up a menu of; creamy fresh carrot soup, toad in the hole, consisting of plump meaty sausages in Yorkshire batter, cod mornay served with cauliflower and for desert creamy white rice pudding. Simply mouth-watering and scrumptious. As they say now, fit for a king!

Thank you Amy, for joining Tyspane Care Home Hospitality Team.

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Every Person Can Make a Difference!

Tyspane Care Home fully understands that a career in health and social care is one of the most rewarding, valuable and in-demand professions. As a sector, health and social care is one of the largest in the country and covers a huge range of roles in a wide variety of settings. Workplaces include hospitals, care homes, schools and nurseries with jobs ranging from midwife to speech and language therapist. So, with this understanding, it is wonderful to welcome Sam Thorne to Tyspane Care Home, Sam will be with us for two weeks educational placement. He is currently studying at Petroc College for his level three in Health and Social Care.

In addition to Sam, we have welcomed back Tom and William from Braunton Academy. Tom and William have chosen Tyspane Care Home to complete their volunteering section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.  Their aim being to become empowered young adults, learn new skills whilst overcoming any obstacles, and build confidence and resilience.

Tyspane Care Home believes that mixing young and old individuals can have significant benefits for both age groups. When children regularly interact with older people, they experience improvements in language development, reading, and social skills. Intergenerational interactions help combat loneliness and isolation among the elderly. These connections contribute to better health, care, and overall quality of life for older individuals.

Furthermore, inviting children and young adults into Tyspane Care Home breaks age stereotypes and encourages lifelong learning; children and young adults who get to know “real, live, old people” look beyond ageist stereotypes. They learn that older adults have diverse interests, skills, and hobbies.

We therefore welcome volunteers of all ages at Tyspane Care Home, we are one big family.

Keeping in touch with Modern Technology

During the pandemic, many older people turned to digital devices to stay connected with friends and family, but are they still using digital technology in their everyday lives? ABSOLUTELY

Some believe that it is hard for the elderly to use modern technology, however, with a little patience, gadgets such as mobile phones for older people can dramatically improve the quality of life for seniors. Technology can save lives; help build relationships or occupy time. It can also support intellectual inquisitiveness, provide greater security and offer assistance.   Tyspane Care Home residents often share images and videos of their happy moments with families, friends, staff and each other. Sharing these moments can liven up life and reduce boredom.

Therefore, it was wonderful to connect Patricia by ZOOM with her life partner Ray. The smiles were endless and they chatted effortlessly, they could have been seated next to each other.

Ray was so delighted and could not wait to book another ZOOM call for next week.