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Jennifer Lopez

Oxfordshire care home residents enjoy onsite pub

The bar at Churchfields has lifted morale and is a cosy place for residents to socialise.

Residents at a Cassington care home have been enjoying the British culture of ‘pub nights’ and making the most of drinking in their onsite bar.

Churchfields Care Home built their public house two years ago, after residents mentioned they wanted somewhere ‘cosy to sit’, enjoy a drink and also to socialise.

The drinking hole is open all day and residents can order any drink they like, at any time.

This comes as more care homes are now being urged to open onsite pubs after staff have revealed they boosted residents’ morale during lockdowns. 

Churchfields Activities Coordinator, Faye Tanner, said; “Residents love to use the area to socialise, chat with friends and relax. When families visit the residents, they often use the area to play cards, board games or dominoes.

“The bar is a central part of the home and it is used by everyone. For us, it is extra special because it was built and designed around our residents' requests. It’s become even more valuable now because of the pandemic and we are able to bring the atmosphere of the pub into the home, in a safe environment.”

Care homes have been particularly hit by the pandemic, forcing many to close their doors to visitors for large periods of time. This has led to increased internal entertainment, with one in four staff saying their care home had created or enhanced their pub during lockdown.

Research carried out by carehome.co.uk found 53% of care home staff who have pubs in their care homes say the wellbeing of residents was boosted when they socialised in the home’s pub or drinking facility.

One fifth of care workers said residents used the pub on a daily basis.

Jane Roberts, owner of Churchfields Care Home, said: “At Churchfields Care Home, our values are centred around residents having a sense of purpose, to live well, and to find enjoyment.

"This is supported by ensuring residents have a choice every day on how they want to spend their time. The on-site bar is a great way for our residents to enjoy each other’s company and to experience the atmosphere of going to the pub, in a safe environment. ”

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