A welcome return to St Joseph’s Care Home

A welcome return to St Joseph’s Care Home


It was a joyous occasion at St Joseph’s Care Home on Monday 4 April, as we officially re-opened one of our four wings.

During the height of the pandemic, the Ruby wing was transformed into a Covid-secure place where people could self-isolate in safety under the care of a small group of staff. This meant that people moving to the home, being discharged from hospital, or those staying for temporary respite, had somewhere covid-safe to stay. It also helped protect the health and wellbeing of other residents in the home.

After being ‘closed’ for two years, the staff name on Ruby wing have finally welcomed their residents home. On 4 April 2022, we were pleased to welcome three existing residents back to the wing in a small opening ceremony attended by staff, residents, family members, and Coleshill Town Mayor.

  • A male resident with a female carer smiling and laughing
  • Resident and Care Lead about to cut the ribbon
  • Two male residents shake hands
  • The Mayor of Coleshill and a male resident cut the ribbon
  • Trustee Peter Deeley with the Mayor of Coleshill
  • Cake that reads 2022 welcome back Ruby
  • Mayor, family, resident and carer
  • Father Hudson's Care estate services
  • Mayor of Coleshill and Deputy Manager
  • St Joseph's managers at the reopening of Ruby wing
  • HR staff at the opening ceremony
  • A resident with his daughter
  • Residents and staff talking
  • Chef Dejan and Deputy Manager Annie
  • Coleshill Town Mayor giving a speech at St Joseph's Care Home
  • Father Blundell saying a prayer
  • A female carer giving a speech
  • A woman giving a speech

Speaking at the event, Ruby Care Lead, Sharon Lavelle, said: “Today’s the start of the future. We’re all excited. And I know the Ruby team is really looking forward to the future at St Joseph’s, to meeting new residents, giving them all our love and care and for the existing residents to continue with their journey at St Joseph’s.”

The Mayor of Coleshill, Caroline Symonds said: “this is a really proud occasion and I feel really honoured and proud that I can be part of that. One of the things that’s touched me most is talking to some of the residents and the families about what it means to them to be part of this family here because that’s what it is. It’s not just a care home. It’s not just a place where people come towards difficult parts of their lives. It’s this, sincere love that you really feel that when you come here.”

Len, who lives at the home and is one of the first people to move back to Ruby wing, cut the ceremonial ribbon together with the Mayor. Then the celebrations continued with a buffet and cakes prepared by the chef, Dejan, and the catering staff.

During its closure the wing has been redecorated, taking care to not cause disruption to people staying there. The kitchen has been refurbished and all the rooms redecorated. Sharon said, “We’ve installed a new kitchen and bought new appliances, painted all the rooms, bought new beds and chairs for the bedrooms, and we’ve bought plants for all the rooms. So when people move in, they’ll move to a beautiful home that a lot of love has gone into.”

To find out more about St Joseph’s Care Home, Coleshill, and to see if this is the place for you or your loved one, contact the registered manager, Shelley Perryman, on 01675 434559  or email shelleyperryman@fatherhudsons.org.uk.

Our memories of 2021

Our memories of 2021


As we begin a new year, we’d like to share a selection of some of our favourite memories of 2021. It’s been eventful, despite ongoing Covid restrictions.

We’ve celebrated birthdays, held parties, afternoon teas and taken part in other celebrations. We welcomed Big Picture media and The Sower magazine to take part in a video and photo shoot. We launched our new website, refurbished two kitchens, and welcomed new residents and new members of staff. Our visiting pod continued to be a safe place where loved ones could meet up. And we’ve enjoyed having visits when possible.

While all this was taking place, our staff put on a packed programme of activities for residents to keep them active, healthy and happy. We’d like to take the chance to thank all our staff for their continued dedication and hard work. We would also like to thank families for their support and understanding.

If you are looking for care for your loved ones, give us a call on 01675 434559 to see if St Joseph’s is the right place. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. You can also take a look around by viewing our virtual tour.

Are you interested in joining our team? Please visit our Vacancies page to view our current opportunities.

Elf Day brings Christmas cheer to residents

Elf Day brings Christmas cheer to residents


The staff team at St Joseph’s Care Home have been putting smiles on residents’ faces and bringing some Christmas cheer.

Staff at the home held an Elf Day on Friday 3 December, in support of their residents and others affected by Alzheimer’s. They donned fantastic costumes for their shifts and made sure each person had a visit from the elves.

The annual event never fails to raise a smile in the run up to Christmas, while also raising awareness and funds for the home.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so on St Joseph’s JustGiving page.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, which affects around 850,000 in the UK. St Joseph’s offers specialist dementia care, including respite placements. All staff are trained in caring for people living with dementia and are able to provide appropriate activities and care. We also have two memory lounges which are designed to evoke happy memories for residents.