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...

Boroughbridge Manor

We always felt that our Mothers were well understood and well cared for and treated not only with compassion but also with love by those that looked after them.

Residents Send Notes to Loved Ones

As well as keeping in touch with families and friends via skype calls, our residents also enjoyed writing notes to loved ones and sending to families which began many conversations between each other via email.

Ashlar House

As I’ve not been able to see my Mother since the home went into lockdown, we as a family are truly grateful for the love and care that has been given to our Mother. We really appreciate the updates and knowing she is in safe hands.

Keeping the Connection

Residents of Lethen Park have been busy making use of Skype and FaceTime so that they can video call their relatives – although some weren’t too sure about the new technology! For some, they have embraced technology to learn new things, including letting their competitive side shine with games an

Easter Lockdown Service

Marriott House would like to say a massive thank you to Jean, our visiting volunteer. Jean has continued to be able to visit despite the COVID-19 lock down, with enhanced infection control guidelines.

Residents Create Rainbows of Hope

Residents at Boroughbridge have created their very own ‘rainbow’ tree and display and have joined the national initiative which sees members of community display rainbows in their windows, so that children can go ‘rainbow spotting’ when out for their exercise with family.

The Cedars

It was very impressive how you managed to do all the checks and make sure that everything was in place (temperature checks, sanitisers, etc), yet still make the setting and visit very welcoming and relaxed.

A Creative Thank You

When asked if they would like to contribute to a ‘thank you’ board to be displayed at our front gate, three of our retired teacher residents jumped at the chance to help.

One-to-One Activities

Even though many of our residents have had to endure hardship throughout their lives (many of them have lived through at least one world war) the coronavirus crisis is new to them too. 

Over the Rainbow

Residents spent time colouring rainbows and posing for photographs to send to their families recently at Laurel Bank to let them know that we’re doing well here, keeping busy and keeping hope alive. We will get through this together!

Clapping for Carers

Staff, residents, loved ones and members of the community, including the local police, cheered on NHS staff and other key workers at Fordmill, who are helping to keep the country running during the coronavirus pandemic.

A 'Thank You' from the Police

We were delighted when some of Carlisle Section 4 officers did some socially distanced community engagement in various locations around Carlisle, handing out balloons to children, the elderly, and people who are experiencing lonely periods of self-isolation.

A Kind Donation

Meadow Park recently presented local community group, Bedlington Network with an array of food parcels to benefit members of the community. 

Community Thanks

Residents of Bradshaw Manor have sent messages of support and encouragement during these challenging times to key workers and emergency services in the area, along with the Post Office and local supermarket, who are playing their roles in keeping communities together with their service.

Maple Leaf Lodge

Please can you pass on our thanks to Maple Leaf care home in Grantham from the ambulance crew that visited them today, for the treats we found when we got back to our vehicle. They were very much appreciated and enjoyed. Stay safe!

Moments Full of Emotion

The Oxfordshire Fire Brigade visited the home on 30th April to show their support for all essential workers. These were moments full of emotions!

A Double Celebration

To celebrate the Queen’s birthday and National Tea Day, the Queen came to visit us at Cepen Lodge and enjoyed a cup of tea with our residents in their rooms. Of course, she had to wear the correct PPE, which she did not mind; she already had her gloves on prepared!

Contact with our Community

Thank you to West Bengal, who donated an emergency food parcel to members of the home's staff team. On behalf of Dovedale colleagues, they would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty, and hope everyone stays safe and well.