Latest News from Tamar House
February 2019

The Little Shop of Horrors

As the month of February drew to a close, the residents of Tamar House were given a treat that they wouldn't forget in a hurry! The evening of Thursday 28th saw them wrapping up warm and heading out towards a local school to watch a production of Little Shop of Horrors. With the original production hailing from Broadway, this comedy horror rock musical  follows a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh! Residents thoroughly enjoyed the show and gladly took part in the audience participation parts of the production. Rapturous applause followed as the curtain closed and all members of the party are now asking how long until the next production at The Soundhouse Theatre at Tor Bridge High!
Residents enjoying the audience participation at the Little Shop of Horrors Production
Residents enjoying the audience participation at the Little Shop of Horrors
December 2018

A Christmas Concert to Remember!

The residents of Tamar House were delighted to receive an invitation from Notre Dame Secondary School for girls to attend their annual Christmas concert on the 20th December. A number of residents and staff welcomed the opportunity of an evening out and weren't disappointed when they were wowed by a concert of dazzling performances. The concert was certainly a hit with all those who attended and it well and truly got everyone into the Christmas spirit and ready for all the festivities that were to follow!

Residents look on intently at the Notre Dame School Christmas Concert.
Smiles all round at the end of a festive evening.
September 2018

Raising Money for MacMillan with a Tamar House Coffee Morning

The residents and staff at Tamar House love the opportunity of raising money for worthwhile causes, and what better way of doing this than a coffee and cake morning. Staff and residents were joined by residents family members as the doors were thrown open for this fund raising event. There were smiles all around as the delicious cakes were consumed and money was raised for the wonderful MacMillan Cancer Support charity.

Some of the amazing cakes prepared for the MacMillan Coffee morning.
Everyone joins in the fun.
All washed down with a cuppa!
September 2018

Clay Art Fun at Tamar House

Central to the lives of our residents at Tamar House is our activities programme. We believe that giving our residents the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities has a positive effect on their wellbeing. To this end we employ an activities co-ordinator who puts together a schedule of activities on a monthly basis (you can view a sample programme here). Amongst Septembers activities was a Clay Art session which residents thoroughly enjoyed. The session gave residents the opportunity to let their creative sides run free as they painted their own decorative plates.

The clay art session leader explains to residents what they are going to be doing.
Let the creativity begin!
The residents get right to work.
Lots of interesting designs begin to emerge.
Much fun was had by all!
June 2018

It's another century celebration!!

There has been yet more cause for celebration at Tamar House this month. Another one of our wonderful residents has hit that amazing milestone that warrants a telegram from the Queen! This means we now have two centenarians in residence at Tamar house, true cause for celebration indeed!

100th Birthday Celebrations at Tamar House
100th Birthday Buffet.
Time to cut the cake!
May 2018

Royal Wedding fever comes to Tamar House!

The residents and staff at Tamar House enjoy nothing more than a cause for a celebration, and what better excuse than the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Residents celebrated in style with bunting flags, a Royal Wedding tea and their very own wedding cake. What a great day it was!

A Royal celebration at Tamar House!
Celebrating in style...
Smiles all round for this wonderful party.
January 2018

Burns Night Celebrations Come to Tamar House!

Thursday 25th January saw the traditional Burns Night celebrations pay a visit to Tamar House. The haggis was "piped in" in the most appropriate manner in full national costume accompanied by a set of bagpipes. Residents then enjoyed a Burns Night toast before settling down to a dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties.

Burns Night celebrations at Tamar House.
The bagpipes herald the haggis!
Residents enjoying the pipes and waiting for the Burns Night Feast.
Time to enjoy the Haggis, Neeps & Tatties!
September 2017

'Local Care Home Receives Good Report' 
-  after unannounced inspection by Care Quality Commission.

Abbeyfield Tamar House Care Home in Brest Road, Plymouth  has just received a ‘Good’ rating after an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The inspection took place over a two day period on the 3rd and 4th August 2017 and was unannounced.
The home was last inspected on the 23rd and 24th July 2015 when the service was also awarded ‘Good’ overall.
Maintaining standards is vitally important and Abbeyfield Tamar is continually striving to maintain the high standards expected of them. 

Areas that were assessed were:
Is the service safe?
Is the service effective?
Is the service caring?
Is the service responsive?
Is the service well-led?

After an extensive look into all these aspects of care provision, which included talking to residents, their families and friends, staff members and management and also observing practices, it was awarded a ‘Good’ in all areas and also ‘Good’ overall.

An Achievement.
This is quite an achievement and one of which all members of staff should be proud.
It is also reassuring for residents and their families who are continually seeking high standards in the care industry.

The Report.
Twenty five people were living at Tamar House when it was inspected. 
It provides residential care to up to 28 older people. 
People may be living with the early stages of dementia, mental health and/or sensory needs. 
All people living at the home at the time of the inspection had a level of limitation to their physical ability. 
Nursing support was given by the community nursing service. 

The home can also provide respite care for people leaving hospital and unable to initially live at home unaided.
Sometimes, it can even provide a short rest period for families and carers who just need a short break and know that their loved ones will be cared for whilst they take that break. 

A registered manager is employed to manage the service and is a person who has registered with the 'Care Quality Commission' to manage the service.
Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’ and have a legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

Why the service was rated ‘Good’.
The service was awarded ‘Good’ because people continued to receive safe, effective, caring and responsive care from staff who were knowledgeable and had the skills required to support them.
Staff were competent and trained well.
People also had the support needed to help them have maximum choice and control of their lives in the least restrictive way possible. 
Policies and systems in the service supported good practice. 
People’s wellbeing and healthcare needs were monitored by the staff and people accessed healthcare professionals when required.

Everyone agreed that the staff team were very caring and it was observed that staff were being patient and kind. There was a calm atmosphere in the service and people’s privacy was respected. 
Wherever possible, people or their representatives were involved in decisions about the care and support they received. 

Care that people received was personalised and was responsive to residents individual needs. Each person was able to make choices about their day to day lives and any concerns or complaints were quickly acted upon and investigated.

People were also supported   to take part in a range of activities according to their individual interests. Faith and cultural needs were also respected and met. 

It was judged that the service was well led and the registered manager was found to be very approachable. 
She sought people’s views to make sure people were at the heart of any changes within the home and also had monitoring systems in place which enabled them to identify good practices and areas of improvement. 

All in all, the report confirmed the high standard of care provided by Abbeyfield Tamar House, which is a not for profit charity affiliated to the Abbeyfield Society. 
It is also reassuring to know that the area has such a facility of which we can all be very proud.

Further information  is in the full report which the registered manager will be able to provide.
It can also be found on the CQC website at

Press Release supplied by: Trevor Addis (Trustee Abbeyfield Tamar).
Further information can be obtained from the Care Manager.
© Abbeyfield Tamar House 2017
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