Today it is Shirley’s birthday! Shirley lives at our Grimston Court home, and it was one of her goals to go to the ballet. As a special birthday treat, we arranged for the ballet to come to Shirley. Becca danced the Spanish Nutcracker and the ribbon dance for our residents and was absolutely fantastic. Shirley had a wonderful day!
Today we launched our second work matters placement at Glenholme House , with Nancy and Bernadette at Sunderland Royal Hospital on the Children’s Ward. Nancy used to work at the hospital on the fracture clinic and in A&E, and Bernadette worked as a midwife. Nancy and Bernadette went to the wards to give the children Easter eggs and to speak to the staff on shift. A few of the nurses recognised Nancy, and it was so lovely to see the effect that even just being on the ward had on our two lovely ladies!
Residents from our Grimston Court home had a lovely time supporting the children of Dunnington Primary School at their Easter Service and Choir Performance. The children were absolutely fantastic and our residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
We had a very different activity on offer today at our Whorlton Grange home, with Zoo Lab! Our residents were really brave and held animals from snakes to rats! It’s great to see so much variation in our well-being programmes across all of our homes!
Residents from our Heatherdale home have had a lovely time this morning, judging the Easter art competition at Red Row Primary School. It’s lovely for our residents to be able to get involved in local community events so thank you so much to the school for our invite!
On a Thursday, you’ll find residents from our Riverhead Hall home down at their Local Sports Centre for the weekly "Chair Exercise" class with Helen. Nora and Joan didn't stop throughout the whole 45 minute class today- absolutely marvelous and very impressive!
Residents from our Nightingale Hall home enjoyed a trip out to Butterfly World Ltd Stockton on Tees today, a tropical rainforest hothouse for multiple butterfly species, plus a few reptiles. A lovely day was had by all!
We’ve launched a gardening club at our Glenholme House home today and have been busy planting sunflower seeds, tomato plants herbs and spices and much more! Now that the weather is improving we can’t wait to be able to spend even more time in our beautiful garden!
We’ve been making the most of the Spring sunshine at our Ryton Towers home and went to South Shields for the day. Lovely fish and chips followed by a trip to the park for ice cream!
Our lifestyle coordinator at our Heatherdale home, Annamarie, took one of our residents, John, to a Turkish Barber today! John loved getting his hair and beard cut! It’s the little things like this that make our homes so lovely!
Our residents at St Catherine’s are taking very good care of their new therapy doll. Using a baby doll can be a very effective way for a person with Alzheimer's or any kind of Dementia to decrease stress and agitation. A caregiver can use doll therapy as a way to put responsibility, caring and structure back into the lives of those living with Alzheimer's. We can’t believe how realistic they look!
Mary and Edmund, who live at our Glenholme House home, reached one of their goals today and attended the American Golf Driving Range in Fullwell. Both Mary and Edmund were keen golfers in the past and so they both had a fantastic time!
Today we launched our #workmatters initiative at our Glenholme House Care Home. Betty was a maths teacher for 37 years, and so a placement helping out at Busy Bees Nursery in Sunderland was the perfect fit. She had an absolutely fantastic time, and the smile on her face said it all we think! Betty already can’t wait for her next visit! work matters helps our residents to feel a sense of achievement and purpose, which is so important for their self-esteem. It's also a great way of helping out in our local communities. If you know of a local business who could benefit from a work matters volunteer, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been named as a Top 20 Care Home Group by carehome.co.uk for the second year in a row! We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to review us and to all of our fantastic staff who make our homes so brilliant!
Today we celebrated Marion and Harry’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary at our Eighton Lodge Home. 60 years married- what an achievement! Marion and Harry had a lovely day celebrating with all of their family and friends. A lovely day for all.
Residents and staff from across our homes had a brilliant day today, celebrating St Patrick’s Day! It’s lovely to see so many happy faces!
Today Mary, who lives at our Glenholme House home, achieved one of her goals of going swimming once again. Mary had a fantastic time at Washington Leisure Center before making a quick stop for a coffee and a slice of cake before heading home. It’s so amazing for us when we are able to see the effects that achieving goals has on our residents. Well done Mary!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to NUFC, who helped us help Jim to achieve his goal of attending a football match. Jim has been a life long Toon supporter and was a keen footballer himself, so we decided to make the occasion extra special and take him to the Newcastle vs Everton match for his 90th Birthday. Thank you #NUFC for the fantastic tickets in the Milburn Platinum Stand, Jim had a brilliant time, and after the score, we think he might be their lucky charm.