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...

Chelsea Flower Show

An international pandemic was not going to let organisers of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show or residents at Flowerdown stop celebrating the event, as it was moved to a digital format.

Fairview House

I will never forget your friendship and kindness you showed to myself too when I went in. We shared so much laughter and hugs, it was like you became an extended family to me. The entertainment and offerings you provided put a constant smile on my mum’s face, and mine too.

Postcards & Pen Pals

It’s easy to get lonely in a time of isolation, which is why we have been writing postcards with our residents this week to keep in touch with loved ones.

Clapping for Key Workers

Staff at Beaufort Grange were joined by local police personnel to clap for key workers in the community. As a way of saying thank you to the staff at Beaufort Grange, Avon and Somerset Constabulary gifted chocolate eggs to all staff and residents at the care home.

Keep Smiling Through

Activity Coordinators, Jamie and Elizabeth, proudly displayed their colourful banner outside the home in an effort to boost community spirit in the area and remind people to keep smiling through these difficult times.

Showing Our Appreciation

Bamfield Lodge would like to thank everyone in the local area for all of the care and support since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been a challenge, as with all care services, but we have been overwhelmed with supportive pictures, messages, and care packages.

Under-8's Donate

Staff at Red Oaks had a surprise parcel from a member of the Henfield under-8’s football team bearing gifts.

Messages of Support

A big thank you to all of the families and friends of the residents who have been sending us messages of support in recent weeks.

When You Need a Cuddle

It can feel a little lonely when you can’t have your family around you and the staff have to distance socially. Thankfully, we now have a large quantity of empathy dolls and robotic companion cats, and they are very comforting to hold and cuddle.

Ashlar House

There are no words to tell you how grateful I am to this wonderful, fantastic place. Barchester should be proud and privileged to have such a wonderful care home under their name.

Families Send Messages to their Loved Ones

Being in lockdown doesn’t mean friends and families can’t connect with each other. Lots of us have been using Skype, sending letters and postcards or making videos to be enjoyed.

VE Day Celebrations

The sun shone and we had a wonderful day celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Messages to Loved Ones

Residents of Leeming Bar have been delighted each time they receive some beautiful handmade cards and messages from their loved ones and members of the community through their pen-pal initiative.

Broadway Halls Care Home

Thank you to all the staff at Broadway Halls for doing such an amazing job. Although I can’t wait to see my mum, I do not have any worry or added stress as to how she is because I know she is getting the very best care.

Embracing Technology

Our residents are all becoming well accustomed to the iPad now and embracing technology by using FaceTime, Zoom and emails to stay in touch with loved ones. We thought we’d have some fun seeing what their social media accounts would look like if they had them.

Our Heroes Applaud

Staff and residents were so pleased to see the efforts of our team supported by the local fire service and police team during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Skype Dates

As a way for our residents to still be able to see and chat to their friends and family, we have set up a Skype station in our bistro. Here the residents can sit and have a ‘face-to-face’ chat whilst enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

Pamper Afternoon at Archview

Mrs.Mandy Black enjoyed the cocktail under the dryer, after one of our nurses, Mrs Nikki Correia, volunteered to do the hair of some of the ladies on her day off.