Animal Therapy

Our fabulous Housekeeper, Charlotte, will unfortunately be leaving us soon to start her new venture, DB Animal Therapy.

Charlotte kindly brought in a large selection of her therapy animals to meet our wonderful residents.  There was something for everyone, from fluffy rabbits and guineapigs to scaly snakes and lizards to leggy millipedes and hardbacked tortoises Charlotte had them all!

Studies show that just 15 minutes with a trained dog, cat or another service animal can increase brain activity and serotonin levels in seniors.  Serotonin is known as the “feel-good hormone” and plays a crucial role in bodily function as well as our experiences of positive emotions (  Furthermore, it is noted that simply having something to pet and touch can be relaxing.  Relaxation reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and stabilises heartrates.

As you will see from the photographs everyone thoroughly enjoyed Charlotte’s visit and we hope to see DB Animal Therapy again soon.


Signs your loved one may be lonely and why a care home is the solution

The ongoing global pandemic has been challenging for most people, many people have been forced to stay at home with little interaction with their friends and family and they could be stuck in the same mundane routine. reported that one in ten people aged 65 or over either always or often felt lonely.  Furthermore, report that loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on a person, inclusive of altered brain function, Alzheimer’s disease progression, cardiovascular disease and stroke and depression.  Now is more important than ever to identify the signs your loved one may be lonely and find a solution.

Some of the signs your loved one may be feeling lonely:

  • May be withdrawn from family and friends
  • Struggling to find positives in life
  • Sleeping more or not enough
  • Not caring about their appearance
  • Struggling to do simple tasks
  • Lost or lacking appetite

Many people would not admit they are lonely or indeed struggling as a sense of pride and independence is extremely important for many people.  At Farthings, our care home near Retford, this is recognised and we actively promote as much independence as we can whilst being on hand to give support as required.  As a small care home the ‘Farthings Family’ can offer yourself or your loved one a sense of belonging and contribution to a community, empowerment is encouraged whilst having support on hand.  Farthings offers a variety of activities to ensure you or your loved one remains active.  Fresh nutritious home cooked meals are produced in our home from home kitchen.

If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing the feeling of loneliness please get in touch with us.  We are here to help and support you. Our friendly team are contactable on 01777 838219 or

March 2021 News


St David is the patron saint of Wales, to celebrate St David’s day on 1 March we had discussions about daffodils, which are coming along nicely in our raised flowerbeds in our courtyard.



On 4 March, Pauline our wonderful Activities Co-ordinator organised lots of reading materials for the residents, books, magazines, newspapers, and crosswords to celebrate World Book Day.  Pauline also read a book for the residents to listen to which was enjoyed by all.



We were delighted to receive the Governments Guidance on 20 February which stated from 8 March were able to commence welcoming one named visitor per resident back into Farthings.  We have been so pleased to welcome some of you back for our marquee visits, following a negative Lateral Flow Test.  We have continued with our online booking process and we are of course continuing with our gate, window and virtual visits which are enjoyed by so many.


We appreciate that the past year has been such a difficult time for our residents and their families and friends and we would like to thank you all so much for your patience and understanding throughout.



Our residents thoroughly enjoyed receiving their Mothers Day gifts from their loved ones on 14 March, thank you to all our wonderful families.



Our first armchair exercise class was delivered by Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) via a pre-recorded link and facilitated by our Activities Co-ordinator Pauline and Charlotte in Support Services.  This is a new project and we are working alongside Bassetlaw Commissioning Group (CCG) and BPL to facilitate online exercise classes or meditation classes in our home, being pre-recorded means we can utilise them at a time to suit our residents and as often as they would like to do them.  The residents really enjoyed the armchair exercises.



On 17 March 2021 St Patrick’s Day was celebrated, an Irish theme throughout the day.  Irish music was played over lunchtime.



Finally, the official start to Spring was here on 20 March!  After what seems like a very long winter we are looking forward to welcoming more of our families back into Farthings when Government Guidance allows.



Jayne one of our fabulous Care Assistants organised a pamper day and pampered our residents, giving everyone who wanted one a manicure followed by an application of nail polish.  Everyone was left feeling relaxed and happy.  Thank you Jayne!



Our residents had a lovely time on 31 March completing jigsaws together around our large round table.  There are many benefits in completing jigsaws, a study from Princeton University concluded that jigsaw puzzles can improve motor skills like dexterity.  When you pick through small pieces, flip them over, and fit them into small places, it exercises all those small muscles in the fingers and eyes.  A study from Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience explained that engaging your brain with activities like jigsaw puzzles can reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.  In addition, the completion of jigsaws can inspire socialisation, boost cognitive ability, boost your short-term memory and offers mindfulness.



Health & Wellbeing - Exercises

During a Provider Forum on 3 March 2021 Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) presented in conjunction with Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to raise awareness of virtual exercise classes.  The CCG explained they had been tasked with obtaining support for the elderly within Care Homes who were suffering symptoms of Long Covid (currently classified as experiencing post-covid symptoms 12 weeks after having covid).  During the process it was agreed the provision should be widened, not only for sufferers of long covid but any individual within a Care Home, especially due to personal trainers being unable to visit care homes currently.


As such BPL asked if anyone would be willing to trial their pre-recorded exercises classes and give feedback to the team on their suitability for care home settings.  BPL advised there were a wide variety of classes available, from standing to seated exercises and tai chi to mindfulness.  They were also willing to provide live sessions if that was something that homes would like and could also add or adapt content to suit the care homes requirements. reports that regular activity can:

  • lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, depression and dementia
  • moving helps your thinking skills – like problem-solving, decision-making and remembering facts and words
  • being active can lessen aches and pains, help you stay steady on your feet and boost your mood


So of course, Farthings jumped at this amazing chance and Charlotte volunteered Farthings to be part of the project.  On 9 March 2021 Lynne had a virtual meeting with the CCG and BPL to discuss Farthings needs and wants and to establish a way forward with the project.


On 15 March 2021 the first Armchair Exercise Class was delivered and over 56% of our residents took part.  All residents really enjoyed the session which focussed on exercising legs, arms, hands, feet and the body core.


We look forward to seeing how this project will evolve and aid our residents.

Safely Welcoming New Residents

We continue to welcome new residents to our home with strict covid secure procedures in place.  Our team are on hand to discuss any concerns or answer questions you may have.

To safely welcome new residents to our home Government Guidance is always followed.

The process we follow:

  • Discussions: will take place prior to any admission with the home’s Registered Manager, this may be with yourself or a loved one. It may also involve any professionals currently involved in you care for example a Social Worker, or home carers.  This is to gain an overview of your current care needs.
  • Assessment: if it is likely we would be able to meet your specific needs the Registered Manager will arrange a Pre-Admission Assessment. This is to meet you, discuss what your needs are and how you would like to be cared for.  It will also enable us to give you and your loved ones more information about our home and the facilities we have available to you.  Ordinarily, dependant on circumstance, this would take place face-to-face but rest assured all of our staff are tested three times per week and would be wearing all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your safety.
  • Time: after initial discussions and assessments our prospective residents are given time to consider their decision, possibly alongside their loved ones. Should you decide you would like to move into our home, this can happen as quickly or as slowly as you choose.  Some residents wish to move in the same day and others book their place for in a months’ time.
  • Testing: we will provide a coronavirus test which is to be completed and returned a negative result prior to moving into the home.
  • Moving In: you are welcome to bring any personal effects you wish, to help you feel at home. All our rooms are en-suite, and are equipped with a bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, chair and a television.  Wi-Fi is also available throughout the home.  You will be required to remain in your bedroom for the first 14-days after admission.  This is in line with Government Guidance to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus.  We will ensure you receive plenty of visits from our staff team, should you wish, and this will give you and the staff the perfect opportunity for some one to one time.
  • Settling In: when you have been in the home for a day or so a full Care Plan will be developed with you. This will include all the information the staff need to ensure they care for you how you would like to be.  In addition, the Activities Co-ordinator will spend some time getting to know you and will arrange tailored activities for your interests.  You will receive another coronavirus test around day 10.  Then when you have isolated for 14-days and received another negative coronavirus test you will be able to meet the rest of the Farthings family and explore the home.

How we ensure we remain Covid safe

Throughout the pandemic our number one priority has always been to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of all our residents and staff.

We have developed and continually reviewed our protocols and processes throughout the pandemic to ensure the very latest guidance is followed.

We protect the people in our care by:

  • Enhanced Cleaning: additional enhanced cleaning regimes are in place. We continue to use Virusolve+ cleaning products throughout the home, which is a highly effective cleaner and disinfectant against bacteria, micobacteria, fungi, viruses and spores.  Virusolve+ continues to work for up to 7-days on surfaces.
  • Accessible Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PPE is in plentiful supply and is readily and easily accessible throughout the home. Regular PPE audits ensure stock levels are maintained.
  • Testing: ‘soft signs’ are checked as a minimum twice daily for all of our residents, this includes temperature checks and checks for all symptoms. Furthermore, all residents receive a coronavirus test every 28-days.  All staff receive testing three times per week.  This enables us to take immediate steps should there be any positive results  In addition, we ensure any visiting professional i.e. district nurse, GP have had a negative test within 3-days of visiting the home.
  • Training: all staff have received specific Covid-19 training in addition to mandatory Infection Control training which is undertaken annually.
  • Visiting: we have several options for safe visiting all of which can be booked through our dedicated visiting booking system, these are:
    • marquee visits – one nominated visitor is able to visit their loved one inside our newly purchased marquee (a covid-19 test must be taken and negative prior entry)
    • gate visits – face to face socially distant visits can take place through our courtyard gate
    • window visits – face to face visits can take place through our smaller sitting room window, with loved ones communicating on telephones.
    • virtual visits – the homes iPad has facetime, teams, skype, zoom etc which can be used, supported by our staff team.
  • Legislation: we have undertaken our Care Quality Commission Emergency Support Framework call and are maintaining compliance. In addition, we are in regular contact with the Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC).
  • Activities: a wide range of activities are still on offer at Farthings to ensure our residents remain physically and mentally stimulated. Recently we have held online exercise classes, art classes, quizzes, topical discussions and cooking.
  • Vaccinations: we are supporting the National vaccination programme and are absolutely delighted that 100% of our residents and staff have now had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Several staff have also received their second dose.  Furthermore, we will continue to encourage all new residents and staff to access their vaccination.