Ferfoot Residents enjoy Whistle-stop Tour of Train Museum

This week at Ferfoot House in Chippenham, some of our gentlemen residents recently took a visit to the historic STEAM – Museum in Swindon.

Our residents enjoy trips out a minimum of twice a week here at Ferfoot and our residents decide amongst themselves, and in advance, the places they would like to visit and who would like to go along. It’s important for us here to encourage their interests, and even introduce them to new ones they want to discover, by listening to their likes and dislikes and finding out about their past lives.

This visit out was attended by some of our gentlemen residents who all expressed their interest to go the museum, which features the Great Western Railway and see some of the iconic machines located there.

On the morning of the trip, David, Stanley, George and Arthur were very excited at the prospect of their impending day out and what they would see. They were accompanied by our Activities Coordinators, Sarah and Razz as well as Tony, son of one of our residents.

The museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the railway. It is situated in the heart of the former Swindon railway works and there was plenty of things to see and do there for our residents. They enjoyed the opportunity to drive the train stimulator and work the signals in the interactive signal box, which they loved.

The gentleman had a wonderful day out and come back to Ferfoot with lots of things to show and tell the other residents. Everybody was really interested in their stories and it was a chance for them to interact and share their recollections of the past and the train trips they used to take.

It has been a few days since our trip and the residents are still talking about their day out. I think another visit in the future is definitely on the cards.

Ferfoot care home in Chippenham provides specialist residential and dementia care for up to 52 older people.

If you would like to find out more about our events and life at Ferfoot care home, or to arrange a visit, our doors are always open. Please contact us on 0808 223 5502 or ferfoot@CaringHomes.org.



Home Manager

Esther Cambridge


Old Hardenhuish Lane,
SN14 6HH

0808 223 5502
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely