Celebrating life at Barchester

Whilst the world outside is in uncertain times, safe inside our Barchester homes our residents are carrying on with fun activities and we are joining forces with our local communities to share some cheer. Take a look at what we've been up to...

The Creature Feature Visit

So the residents of Falmouth Court had some more animal therapy with a visit from

Theatre inspired virtual talk

We had a lovely time joining Angela Cobbin for a theatre-inspired virtual talk about her book ‘My Name is Not Wigs’.               ‘My Name Is Not Wigs’ is the ultimate read for fans of witty behind-the-curtains memoirs, especially those with a penchant for the bright lights of stage and screen:

What a party!

We couldn't have wished for a better day to celebrate the opening of our new home at our Summer Garden Party! The sun was shining, the "sparkly" flowing and with stalls and entertainment on offer and all safely held, a great time was had by all!

International Pen Pals

An exciting new scheme is being rolled at Ashchurch View to try and keep residents engaged in active and meaningful activities during lockdown.

Pen Pals

Before COVID-19 came along, we had weekly visits by children from the nearby St Catherine’s Primary School. They cannot visit at the moment, so we have established a pen pal scheme with them.

Giving Thanks

Moors Manor has been lending a helping hand to NHS staff at St Leonards Hospital as they start their COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Virtual Christmas Quiz

This week’s Virtual Classroom session was a Christmas-themed Winter Wonderland. The students at Coopersale Theydon Garnon School created a fun Christmas quiz for our residents, which lead to reminiscing about Christmas past, as well as a wider discussion on seasonal holidays, including Hunukkah.

Keeping in Touch

Contact with loved ones is so much more important during these changing times. We assist our residents to make cards and drawings that we can post with that extra special loving touch.

Halloween celebrations

Our residents enjoyed Dementia friendly activities this Halloween with pumpkin carving, window dressings and Tracy, our activities coordinator dressed as a beautiful witch! We also had delicious tasty treats too

Keeping in Touch

Although our residents have been keeping in touch with their families with garden visits, zoom calls, Facetime and telephone calls, they have also been writing to their families in 'the old fashioned way'. 

Hurstwood Birthdays

Birthdays may be celebrated a little differently at the moment, but with plenty of banners, balloons and cake, we have been able to make magical memories during resident garden visits.

Virtual Concert

Despite the restrictions of lockdown, music lives on and our residents had a wonderful time listening and singing along to music performed by Philippa Mo, a professional violinist, and Jennifer Begley, a professional opera singer.

Lucerne House

I just wanted to say how truly professional and caring the staff at Lucerne House in Exeter have been during this ongoing crisis.

Messages of Kindness

We have received many cards of thanks and kindness during this time. It is lovely to receive positive feedback from families and friends.  So a big thank you to you all!

Winchester House

Thank you for your wonderful care for my husband... All the staff have been so caring especially when he was in quarantine.

Brook House

Our family would like to say a big thank you to all the carers and nurses who have looked after Mum.

Letters of Kindness

Team members and residents at Queens Court were thrilled to receive colorful and positive letters from Dundonald Primary School pupils. The staff and residents appreciate the continued support and kindness shown by the community. Thank you!

Family Visits

Recently, we have been able to allow residents to have visits from their family and loved ones. After the COVID-19 lockdown, it has been a huge relief for everyone to be reunited and able to speak to each other face-to-face.