National Activity Providers Association - NAPA

Farthings Residential Care Home has renewed it’s membership with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA).  NAPA supports Social Care to prioritise wellbeing by promoting the importance of activity, arts and engagement.


The membership offers free training for employees, resources for the provision of activity, including quarterly magazines with activity ideas and resources within.  There is a members hub with activity based articles, research and useful information.  There is also eNews twice per week which includes activity ideas, updates on events and news across the Social Care sector.  In addition, there is a free phoneline provided by skilled activity professionals.

NAPA Certificate - 31.03.23

September 2021 News


Card bingo was enjoyed by lots of residents this month.  Lots of conversations have been held whilst playing card bingo, the residents enjoyed talking about the royal family and how they have changed over the years.  There has also been some reminiscing about where residents have lived over the years.  It has also been lovely to see residents supporting each other throughout the game and helping one another.


A quiz was enjoyed by all, lots of questions answered and giggles had!


Some residents have enjoyed external outings this month, our local ice-cream parlour, Thaymars, has been a firm favourite.


We continue to welcome friends and family into the home to see their loved ones.  The visits are facilitated in a safe way, in line with current Government guidance.  Thank you to everyone for adhering to our visiting policies and supporting us to keep everyone safe.


Our Activities Coordinator continues to facilitate armchair exercises, this month the sessions have been movement to music, this has been thoroughly enjoyed by all.


The residents have made the most of the milder weather this month and have enjoyed relaxing in our accessible gardens, in the sunshine, listening to the trickle of the water fountain in the fish pond.


Reminiscing prompting cards have been used to promote conversations amongst our residents, lots of good conversations around the royal family have been had.


Playing dominoes has been enjoyed by some residents this month, creating friendly competition whilst reminiscing.


We have recruited a new Senior Carer, Louise, who will work predominantly days.  Louise has many years of care experience gained through various roles and establishments and we’re very much looking forward to her joining our team at Farthings.  Louise will take over from Jean who has decided to step away from her senior role to enjoy more time with her family.  Jean is going to remain on our bank so will still be seen in the home.

We will also be sad to see out Maintenance Person, Steve, leave Farthings in the coming weeks.  Steve is an electrician by trade and as demand has increased, he has decided to focus on his own business.  We have successfully recruited into his position and another Steve will be joining us in the coming weeks.  The ‘new’ Steve has many years’ experience in building maintenance and is a painter and decorator by trade.  We are looking forward to welcoming Steve into Farthings.


We have been reviewing many of the processes which are currently in place at Farthings and we have decided to change the way in which we review Care Plans.  Currently Care Plans are updated by a residents Key Worker monthly, however starting on 1 November we will have a ‘Resident of the Day’ system in place.  This means that on the 1st of the month the resident in Bedroom 1 will have their Care Plan reviewed by the Senior Carer on shift.  The Cook on shift with have a conversation with the resident in Bedroom 1 to ensure that they are happy with the meals which are being provided and ask if there are any other options they would like to see on the menu, and to discuss personal preferences.  The Carers will go through the Bedroom itself; they will ensure that all laundry is but away neatly, they will check the wardrobes, the drawers and also toiletries, this will enable us to then contact family members if additional supplies are required.  The Senior Carer will also complete a mini-medication audit on Bedroom 1’s medication.  This approach will be new to Farthings and we welcome any feedback about what you feel is working well or what could be improved or added to the Resident of the Day initiative.