Husband and Wife, John and Pat, have always mentioned to staff at our Wellburn House Home that they would like to go back to St Abbs in Scotland, as they used to holiday here when they were bringing up their family. Today, they managed to achieve this goal and have had a wonderful day out at St Abbs, with their son and their granddaughter. We're so glad that we were able to make this goal happen for John and Pat!
Now it’s September, our Sensory Connexions workshops are back in full swing with local nursery and school children. Children from The Willows Montessori Nursery joined their friends at Ryton Towers today for a morning of art, music and team work. Seeing the children interacting with our residents is just magical!
We’re really proud to introduce our latest renovation project, The Pantry, which is now complete at our Ryton Towers Care Home! The Pantry has revolutionized meal times, making a 'heart of the home' dining experience for our residents! Why not come and see it for yourself today?
Today marks the end of an era for Billy Lowes, who begins his retirement from today. Billy started working at Nightingale Hall in 1991, and his hard work and dedication to Wellburn is truly appreciated. Thank you so much Billy, you will be sorely missed. Happy Retirement!
Today was a truly special day for Violet Buchan, who has lived at our Ryton Towers Home for almost 7 years, as she celebrated her 100th birthday! Such a special event calls for special celebrations and Violet started celebrating her birthday on Sunday with a buffet party with her family, a visit and flowers from the Lord Mayoress of Gateshead and today, on her actual birthday, the grand finale with a telegram from The Queen! We hope you had a wonderful day Violet!
We’d like to say a huge Happy Diamond Anniversary to Audrey and Alan from our Nightingale Hall Home. 60 years married- what a fantastic achievement!
Our third, annual Forever Young Music Festival was once again, a huge success! We would like to thank everyone who came along to Grimston Court today, to help us raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice and Age UK York- we managed to raise a phenomenal £6500!
The winners of August’s wOw awards have now been announced! Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you for going above and beyond the expectations of your role. We hope you all enjoy your vouchers!
We ask our residents to fill in goals cards so that we can find out what they would really like to achieve in their life. From the goal cards, we’re then able to plan activities to accommodate our residents past history, likes and tailor future events so that we are able to assist in achieving these goals. Pat, who lives at Craghall, wanted to visit Whitby Abbey as part of her goal list, so that's exactly what we did today!
This week, students from around York have been helping out at Grimston Court, as part of their National Citizenship Service social action projects. The students have been a huge help in helping us get ready for our Forever Young Music Festival- so thank you Team Davygate!
We’re loving our latest project- a beautiful sensory mural, which we commissioned Tina from Creative Minds to create for our residents. Our residents art work, which they create with Tina at their regular Creative Minds sessions, will go into the frames to accompany the peacock. We think it looks amazing- thanks so much Tina!
Portrait artist, Andrew Tift, visited our St George’s home yesterday to take photographs of some of our residents for his future project. The images will be used for an exhibition at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens next year- something we are all looking forward to seeing!
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Ruby Gems who have completely renovated an area of unused land outside of Riverhead Hall as part of their National Citizen Service, Social Action Project. The students fund-raised over £1000 in order to buy materials and equipment to make a sensory garden for our residents to enjoy. From bag packing, and having a stall at a vegan festival, to cake sales and online fundraising, the team have gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts and their team work has been exceptional. Not only have they been busy fundraising, but they also completely cleared the area and done all of the gardening work themselves in order to achieve our sensory garden vision. The finished project is one that you should all be very proud of- our residents absolutely love it!
We’ve just launched a new page on our website, which comes with an accompanying booklet. Our ‘choosing a care home’ page is full of useful information for those who are about to begin choosing a care home. It’s full of useful tips and impartial advice, and comes with a free checklist booklet. For more info and to order your free copy in the post, click here
Care England’s Chief Executive, Professor Martin Green OBE, recently spent the day visiting four or our care homes. Our Chairman, Rachel Beckett was the tour guide for the day. First stop off, was our Nightingale Hall home, where Martin experienced our activity and sensory projects first hand, which he loved. It was then onto Ryton Towers, to show off their new refurb. Martin was extremely complimentary and was especially liking our new exciting plans for our upcoming dining room Pantry project. Glenholme next and he was literally blown away by our new safety monitoring sytem, saying that it was like nothing else anyone was doing. After finishing the day visiting Eighton Lodge to see another newly launched refurb, he left us with high praise and some very kind and encouraging comments, which left Rachel and all of her team feeling extremely proud. An absolute pleasure Martin and hope to see you again soon.
To help those who may be considering a career in care, we’ve created a brand new section on our website. Full of super useful information, including how to prepare a CV, how to prepare for that all important interview, as well as giving lots of insight into what working in the care industry is like. It should give anyone thinking about a career all the tools needed, to help you make an informed decision and to give them the best possible chance if they decide to apply for any of our current or future positions. To explore the new careers section, click here.
Residents and staff from our Wellburn House home were joined by their local community and residents from Glenholme House at their summer sports day today. It was great to see everyone unleash their competitive sides whilst fundraising for local junior football club, the Prudhoe Lightning. There’s nothing like some friendly competition to bring everyone together!
Here at Wellburn, we take huge pride in our recruitment and the way in which we do it. Finding the right people for the right positions is always a challenge, but our super talented team are a testament to our recruitment choices. For our latest recruitment drive, we’ve been busy filming some of our staff, who share their thoughts on the care industry and explain what it’s like to work for us. To view more of the videos, click here
Residents from our Rosevale home were paid a little visit by gorgeous French bulldog, Betsy today. We’re big animal lovers here at Wellburn, and love when our furry friends visit. Our residents adored Betty, giving her plenty of cuddles. How cute is she?
Charles, one of our residents who lives at Glenholme House, visited the famous Sunderland Air Show today which brought back some great memories as Charles used to service and maintain helicopters like the ones seen today. It’s fascinating listening to our residents tell us all about their lives. We love to get to know our residents and their life history, which helps us to tailor our activities and day trips!
It was all down to the seaside for the residents and staff at our Nightingale Hall care home. A day trip in the sun was enjoyed by all and sometimes there’s just nothing better than fish and chips by the sea. Such a glorious day and so much fun.
Our residents are loving the amazing sunshine we’re all enjoying. Residents from our Rosevale care home have been regularly sunning it up in the local beer garden of late. Summer sun, pub lunch and great chat - what’s not to love about that?
Today we’ve been celebrating National Tequila Day with all things Mexican. From sombreros and nachos, to piñatas and tequila cocktails! As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, add tequila and salt!
Our Chairman Rachel Beckett, discusses a range of subjects in her regular ‘Agenda’ piece, in the latest issue of our quarterly magazine The Wellburn Post. In a fascinating read, Rachel discusses amongst other things CCTV inside care homes and the very topical issue of gender pay gaps. To read her Agenda, you can either download a pdf copy of the Post or subscribe to receive a free copy in the post at www.wellburncare.co.uk/the-wellburn-post
Today's a very exciting day for Sunderland, as the Tall Ships Races arrive into Roker. We've sponsored 15 year old, Christopher Harmeson, who has been selected by his school to be a sail trainee on the Wylde Swan ship. Sailing on the Tall Ships is a great experience for Christopher, as he is hoping to go in the Royal Navy when he leaves school- "It would not be possible for me to go onto the tall ships if I didn't get the sponsorship from Wellburn Care Homes. As it is now possible, I am so grateful and excited!" Christopher leaves Roker on the 14th of July, and will sail to Denmark over the coming week. Good Luck Team Wylde Swan!
Back in 2015, we launched the first edition of our quarterly magazine The Wellburn Post. Created to keep residents, their loved ones, staff and our local communities up to date with all the goings on across all 14 of our homes. Now in its 12th issue, the Post has enjoyed more successful than we ever thought it could. Issue 12 is out now, including some of the best things to do in the North East this summer, we take a look at some of our recent refurbishment work, and discover some pretty staggering figures, when it comes to some of the numbers involved in the running of our homes - including getting through 1.7million cups of tea a year. To subscribe and get you hands on a free copy, please visit www.wellburncare.co.uk/the-wellburn-post
When Maud moved into Nightingale Hall, she mentioned to us that she would love to go to the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, as she had a particular interest in the hounds and horses. So, today with a bit of forward planning and the added bonus of glorious weather we managed to accommodate this wish of Maud's. A fabulous day was had by all!
For the last 2 years, we’ve hosted the Forever Young Festival at our Grimston Court home in York. The aim of the festival is to raise as much money as possible, for two amazing charities - Age UK York and St Leonards Hospice. Each year, the festival has been bigger and better, and the third festival is coming soon. This year promises to be even more exciting, with live music, food, stalls and fun for the whole family. We’d love to see you join us for a day of fun, so save the date, September 1st.
Creating spaces that both our staff and residents feel at home in, continues as we complete the latest projects in our ongoing refurbishment programme. With well thought out design, which brings a sense of modernity, without compromising that home from home feeling, our latest work is something we all feel very proud about.
Earlier this year in May, we launched our new staff initiative – The ‘wOw’ (Wellburn Outstanding Work) award. Replacing our former Star of the Month award, we developed the wOw award to allow each of our Home Managers from all 14 homes to recognise their staff at a local level. Each award is presented to a member of staff that has gone above and beyond what is expected of them. We’ve had some very worthy winners since the initiative was launched, and our staff have really embraced it. Well done to all winners so far.
Nightingale Hall residents are delighted with their new Jukebox. They recently received a very generous donation to the resident’s activities fund from the family member of a late resident, Peter. Peter loved music so to honour his memory a Jukebox was purchased for all to enjoy- dancing with the manager optional!
One of our very talented team members, Davey Harrison has been working hard on a secret project recently. Davey came up with the idea and created this fantastic sweetie cart, for our Ryton Towers care home. The amount of thought and effort he invested absolutely blew us and our residents away. A huge thank you to Davey and our more sweet toothed residents have been enjoying the fruits of his labour!
Today’s a very special day for our Garden House Care Home. Sadly Chloe’s owner has recently passed away & she found herself in Berwick’s Animal Rescue Kennels. This old girl was looking for a new home, so after a couple of trials our residents have fell in love & the decisions was made for Chloe to move in! Chloe has settled in perfectly and is somewhat of a celebrity within the local community!
Over the past few months, as part of a series of sensory workshops in partnership with Sensory Connexions, we’ve been busy welcoming local nursery and school children from around the North East into our homes. Each sensory workshop involves engaging activities that benefit both the children and our residents, which in turn aids personal, social, and emotional development. We’ve found that our residents really respond to an increased level of engagement and interaction, particularly when participating in meaningful activities, so workshops like these are vital to our residents wellbeing. Sensory Connexions owners, Denise Wilson-Bainbridge and Gill Chapman reflected on the partnership ‘We’re passionate about the benefits our workshops bring, enabling residents and children to explore their creative sides together. Whilst working with Wellburn, we’ve all seen such positive results, which is a huge thrill.’
Our Nightingale Hall home was recently awarded a rating of GOOD from the CQC. The home was shown off in it's full splendour, and we couldn't be more proud of the whole Nightingale team. Like the old saying goes, we're as proud as a...
As part of this years Dementia Action Week, our Nightingale Hall home have been working on a project in collaboration with education and arts company Creative Minds. Their initiative ‘Everyone Has a Voice’, was the inspiration behind the collaboration, helping to create a stunning mural for the home. The mural consists of a tree, with each leaf on the tree representing a residents name, and a bird made up of comments and expressions from our residents. Nightingale Hall hold regular residents committee meetings to ensure that everyone feels they have a voice and collaborations like these, just cement our commitment to that belief.
We’re really excited here at Wellburn, as we have just installed our first Tovertafel ‘Magic Table’ at Glenholme House, which has made us the first care provider in the North East to offer this facility to our residents. The Magic Table was developed for people in the moderate to later stages of Dementia. The award winning, dynamic activity is based around interactive light projections onto a table, allowing our residents to get fully involved in a variety of different games and activities, which stimulates physical and cognitive activity, and encourages social interaction. We pride ourselves on providing first class dementia care, and are really excited to be further enriching the lives of our residents through the innovation of the Magic Table.
As part of our twinning project with care homes in Australia, we made a little video to share with the residents in Australia, to showcase the city we love. Residents from our Glenholme House home, have spent the last few weeks writing, presenting and filming the video. And here’s the final edit. We’d love to know what you think of it.
We’re extremely proud to have been recently recognised by carehome.co.uk. Picking up their Top 20 Recommended Care Home Group 2018 Award. Our Chairman, Rachel Beckett reflected on the award - “We’re extremely proud to pick up this this award. Our teams work so hard and their dedication and commitment to our residents is second to none. This one is for them.”
Replacing our former Star of the Month, we've developed a new initiative to allow the Home Manager from each of our homes to recognise staff, at a local level, who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. The first WOW awards will be presented by the Home Managers over the next week. We've some very worthy winners, who have made a significant impact on the care provided to our residents. If you witness any outstanding work from any of our staff, please do share your experience and the name of the member of staff with home management, and they could scoop up a wOw.
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