Francis House have a weekly social calendar to help residents structure their week and interact with the other residents. This is in invaluable to the residents recovery and staff encourage participation. Each section below shows the range of activities we hold each week.
There are a number of board games available for residents to use and regular games competitions throughout the year, especially during Christmas!
We have three greenhouses for the cultivation of plants and vegetables. During the summer, vegetables are grown for the kitchen.
When you arrive, there is plenty of opportunities to practice and develop your skills in horticulture.
A full-size snooker table is available for residents to play either with staff or other residents.
We have a pool table and darts board on site. Residents can hone in their queuing skills when they are here and competitions are held regularly for residents.
Art classes are held on a weekly basis with a caring staff qualified to bachelor honour degree level with a specialism in art and creative therapy. We have watercolours, acrylics, pastels, chalk and oils to use to create your next masterpiece. Even if you have no skill in drawing, the care staff will be happy to show you basic skills and techniques. You are only limited to your creativity!
A wide range of exercise equipment can be found in our gym with a number of cardiovascular exercise machines including a full set of free weights. There is plenty of space in the gymnasium to keep active including two table tennis tables, ropes, punch bag and basketball nets.
One of our care staff is a qualified gym instructor who will be able to teach you techniques to help strengthen your body.
Cooking classes are held to encourage residents to learn how to make main meals and deserts independently. Budding chefs are welcome to help cook meals for the care home.
We have an in-house chapel that is open all day long for residents who wish to pray.
Residents have the opportunity of enjoying the benefits and relaxation of countryside walking every week in an area of natural beauty.
UNESCO decided that North Devon is an environment that ranks with some of the best in the world, and recently designated a large part of the area as a World Biosphere Reserve.
There is a computer in our library with access to the internet. Computer classes are provided to residents once a week who want to feel more confident using the computer and browsing the internet.
We provide essential skills classes when appropriate and literacy classes may be available at the local college. Devon County library provides a monthly mobile library to Francis House where residents can take out books.
The local community college provides numerous courses to help develop skills, abilities and hobbies. Clients have enrolled for courses as varied as archaeology, art, car maintenance, literacy and self-development.